TDP: Telangana police firing exposed AP ganja mafia

People lost trust in AP Police: Anand Babu
Probe opium poppy cultivation in Punganur, Madanapalle
AMARAVATI: TDP former Minister Nakka Anand Babu on Monday said that the nexus between the ganja mafia and the ruling YSRCP leaders and the AP Police got exposed once again following the latest raids and firing by the Telangana police in the Visakha agency area.
Anand Babu asked why the AP State Police failed to curb ganja gangs while a large number of policemen came from the neighbouring State and arrested the smugglers. The seriousness of the situation could be gauged from the fact that the Telangana police had to open fire at one point of time. The AP Government and police owed an explanation to the people on this.
Addressing a press conference here, the TDP leader said that the AP Government was not taking any action against mafia gangs just because the ruling YSRCP leaders were hand in glove with these smugglers. As the AP Police were conniving with the mafia, outside agencies like the NIA, the CBI and the Telangana police were coming here to investigate smuggling cases. The Jagan Reddy regime should feel ashamed of itself for turning AP into a hub of national and international drug and ganja mafia.
Anand Babu asserted that the people had lost all trust in the AP Police with regard to nabbing the mafia gangs. There should be a comprehensive probe by the Central agencies into the ganja cultivation in Visakha agency, opium cultivation in Chittoor and operation of international heroin drug gangs from AP. Reports said that Rs. 25,000 Cr worth ganja was being cultivated and illegally transported from Visakha agency every year.
The TDP leader demanded the State police to open their mouths on the reported cultivation of drug raw material ‘opium poppy’ in Madanapalle and Punganur areas in Chittoor district. Was this happening without the collusion of the ruling party Minister and leaders there? This raw material would be used for cocaine, morphine, heroin and other drugs. The ruling party media itself has reported about poppy cultivation in Chittoor district.
Anand Babu deplored that the Jagan Reddy Government was destroying the future of the AP youth by not taking any action against the drug mafia. The youth were falling victim to the drug mafia. The ruling party leaders were only interested in making thousands of crores ill gotten money in easy ways. They looted sand, liquor and all natural resources by misusing their power. Now, their eyes were on earning more money from the drug mafia activities.
The TDP leader said that the Guntur Urban police seized liquid ganja that was being transported to Gujarat. These days, the ganja mafia has become rampant in the nook and corner of the State. But, the Government was not taking the required action. For four days, the Telangana police conducted raids and made arrests of the ganja gangs in Vizakha agency. All the while, the AP police remained silent on this, which exposed their failure and inefficiency.
Anand Babu advised the YCP leaders not to harass the Adivasis in the aftermath of the raids by Telangana police. Already, the tribals’ lives were crushed because of the indiscriminate misuse of power by the YSRCP there.