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The rise of celebrity drug busts
The TLDR: Over the weekend, the police separately conducted raids and made prominent arrests targeting movie stars in two cities: Bangalore and Mumbai. The Mumbai case is, of course, a spin-off of the investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. In Bangalore, the latest crackdown was triggered by the arrest of a drug dealer. Both are making a big splash—which is likely the aim—but do little to address India’s very real drug problem.
The Sandalwood raids
A quick timeline
On August 21, the police raided the home of a drug dealer named Ravindra—which led to the arrest of another dealer and eventually Anikha D.
She is the prime suspect and is accused of selling drugs to both students and a network of celebs, including actors, musicians and models.
Her diary allegedly contains the names of 15 such celebrities.
Soon after, Indrajit Lankesh—brother of Gauri—made a police statement claiming he’s personally witnessed the widespread use of drugs in the Kannada film industry.
The prominent arrest so far: Actor Ragini Dwivedi whose house was raided Friday morning. Twelve people have been arrested so far.
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