Hyderabad Rave Party: Children of VIPs, actors among those arrested
Around 142 people, including children of VIPs, actors and politicians, have been arrested after a rave party was busted in the wee hours of Sunday at a pub of a five-star hotel in Banjara Hills by the task force team of Hyderabad Police.
Banned substances, namely cocaine and marijuana, were found on them, say reports.
Telugu film industry’s actor Naga Babu's daughter, Niharika Konidela, who is also Chiranjeevi's niece, was among those taken into police custody. Naga Babu later released a video stating that his daughter has no link with drugs.
Singer and winner of Bigg Boss Telugu reality show, Rahul Sipligunj was also among those arrested. He had sung the theme song when Hyderabad police launched the campaign against drugs on 12th February.
Among others present at the rave party were daughter of a top police official from Andhra Pradesh and also the son of a Telugu Desam MP from the state. Congress leader from Telangana, Anjan Kumar Yadav, said his son had gone to a birthday party and all sorts of lies were being floated. He said all pubs in the city should be shut.
The Station House Officer at Banjara Hills Shiva Chandra has been suspended for negligence by Hyderabad police commissioner CV Anand. He has been replaced by K Nageshwar Rao from the task force.
The pub, reportedly owned by the daughter of a ex-MP from erstwhile Khammam district, is popular among party-goers.
This raid at the Radisson Blu comes at a time when the police has widened its drive against drugs. A new Hyderabad-Narcotics Enforcement Wing has been set-up for the motive and is taking serious action against those peddling or consuming banned substances.