Hyderabad: Dinesh Kumar, 25, a resident of Rajasthan, supplies opium drug illegally in and around Hyderabad city sourced from his home state.

Six years ago, the accused came to Hyderabad in search of a job and got hired as a labourer at Punam Steel in Nagole area of the city.He was addicted to consuming opium. During the pandemic, he could not get any work and was facing financial crisis.

Immediately after the lockdown restrictions were relaxed, he went to his native place and devised a plan to sell and supply opium in the city.

According to his plan, in the first week of September, he procured 1 kg opium from his native place and came to Hyderabad. On reaching the city, he started selling it to some known customers at Rs 1,400- Rs 1,600 per gram and gained profit.

On a tip off, the South Zone Task Force, Hyderabad, along with the Nallakunta police, apprehended the accused and seized 150 gm of opium, a cell phone and a bike from him.

“In the recent past, we have seen several youth/students being addicted to drugs, engaged in crimes and other anti-social activities. Several families have become victims of these illegal activities.

It is our sincere request to the youth/students not to fall prey to drugs. We also request the parents to keep a watch on their children and feel free to approach the police or pass information to the police to curtail such anti-social activities and strive for a drug-free city,” said Chakravarthy Gummi, Additional DCP, Hyderabad.

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