Sandalwood drug racket: Actress Ragini Dwivedi arrested by Central Crime Branch

Sandalwood drug racket: Actress Ragini Dwivedi arrested by Central Crime Branch”

"The CCB obtained the search warrant from a court", a police officer said. She along with her friend, who is a government employee have been asked to appear at the Central Crime Branch headquarters in Chamrajpet on Thursday.

Joint Commissioner of Police, Sandeep Patil said that the drug paddlers who were arrested allegedly confessed that the drugs were being brought into the city in buses and trains late in the night to avoid detection.

Besides, the actress, two people named Rahul and Viren Khanna were also arrested, it said.

The CCB has been conducting intense investigations over the past few days and unearthing evidence, which helped them in successfully arresting the prime accused Viren Khanna, an event manager based in Bengaluru.

"Details of the search will be given after the raid is completed", said Patil and confirmed that the 30-year-old actress was at home when the sleuths entered her flat with the search warrant.

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Kannada actress Ragini has been detained by Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) in Bengaluru, in connection with the Sandalwood drug racket. The officials reportedly seized Ragini's phone and laptop. But she sent her lawyer on her behalf and later tweeted about it, promising to extend all the support of the police in this case.

The CCB had earlier carried out searches at Ragini Dwivedi's residence here this morning, police sources said.

After filmmaker Indrajit Lankesh's shocking revelations about Sandalwood industry, CCB intensified the investigation and is trying to find out alleged links of several Kannada film industry celebs with drug peddlers.

Police had arrested another person, K Ravishankar on Thursday. Although he has not yet presented any evidence, in this case, we are giving him time to present the evidence. "The CCB will now investigate this matter in a legal manner". "Let them (CCB) investigate the charges and truth will come out", asserted Lankesh.

"As I am associated with the film industry as a producer, director and writer, I came to know that some of the parties in the Sandalwood circle are hosted by drug mafias", Lankesh said.

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