Rajamahendravaram: A few months after West Godavari students were arrested for selling ganja to college students online, 15 students from Adikavi Nannaya University (AKNU), Rajahmundry, were found consuming ganja on the college premises. A student who procured the contraband has been dismissed from the college. With around 1,100 students on the campus, the state university accommodates 650 students in the hostels located in different cities.
Sources said the students bought ganja from Vizag during the weekends.
Speaking to NewsMeter, the Vice-chancellor of AKNU, M. Jagannadha Rao, said, "We have given TC and suspended one student from the hostel immediately. Students who were addicted to the contraband were given counselling. We have tightened security and appointed a retired Army person as security from Monday. A task force committee has been set up with faculty members to observe the students."
According to the sources, empty liquor bottles and cigarettes are being thrown outside the campus. But when ganja smoke was observed, the faculty immediately alerted the management who conducted checks and found a few students consuming the contraband.
According to Rajanagaram superintendent of police Sudhakar, "We are investigating the case to find out how the students are getting ganja and take further action."
In January 2021, three drug peddlers were arrested by the officials of the Special Enforcement Bureau, Bhimavaram, for allegedly peddling drugs in Andhra Pradesh through phones and getting money through a digital wallet platform. One accused is from West Godavari who sells drugs to students in various districts in Andhra Pradesh. These drug peddlers target students from West Godavari, Guntur, Krishna, and East Godavari, selling small sachets weighing one or two grams.