Telugu film producer among four held in drug case

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Hyderabad, Feb 11 (PTI) Three persons, including aTelugu film producer, were arrested while they were allegedlybuying cocaine from a Nigerian and 305 grams of the contrabandwas seized from their possession.

The Nigerian was also arrested.

A special team of West Zone along with the JubileeHills Police nabbed the four while they were allegedlyinvolved in the drug deal here, police said.

Telugu film producer Murali, his assistant Ram Babu,Nigerian national Daniel and another person Bhanu Chander,have been arrested, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Zone)M Stephen Raveendra said.

"The police also seized 305 grams of cocaine fromthem," the officer said, adding further investigation was on.

Murali is the brother of actor, director and producerJeevitha Rajasekhar.

The Hyderabad Police, in July and August last year,had busted four drug-rackets involving Nigerian and Ugandannationals in the city.

The operation had also helped them in exposing thedrug mafia-Tollywood (Telugu film industry) link. The policehad then arrested B Raghunatha Raju and B Bharath Raju,brothers of popular Telugu actor Ravi Teja.

The arrested accused had reportedly revealed thattheir clients included actors, actresses from Telugu filmindustry and important personalities from posh localities ofthe state capital.

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