Director General of Police R R Girish Kumar on Sunday said that the police are not ruling out the possibility of some VIPs having links with the illegal drug mafia in the state.
Talking to media persons in Rajahmundry, Girish Kumar said the recent arrest
of a drug dealer and 3 of his high-profile clients has given police important clues over the involvement of VIPs in the drug racket.
The DGP said that the police will reveal details about all the high-profile persons who are involved in the illegal drugs trade in some form or the other, after following up the leads they have on hand. He refused to throw any light on the names circulating about the possible involvement of some film actors and socialites, saying that the case was still under investigation.
Reacting to questions about students, particularly those from engineering colleges, falling prey to drugs, Girish Kumar said that the police would set up special teams near colleges to monitor the activities of students, and take steps to check this menace. He said that the cooperation of the college managements would be sought in the setting up these teams.
Girish Kumar said that the police quarters in the state would be modernized at a cost of Rs. 10 crore of HUDCO funds. The government is also considering the setting up of a police university, and is mulling plans to increase wages of home guards, he stated.
Lauding the services of former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, he said the government had recruited 37,000 constable posts during his stint.
He said the police administration would be upgraded by establishing a Commissionerate office in Rajahmundry soon.
The DGP revealed that the government is soon going to develop roads on the Andhra-Orissa border, as part of its multi-pronged strategy to combat Naxalism.
Meanwhile in Hyderabad, Task Force police on Sunday conducted raids on Nigerian and Ugandan nationals' residences in the capital in the wake of complaints pouring in, over their alleged involvement in the supply of drugs to members of the Telugu film industry, and college students.
Following the directions of top officials, Task Force officials conducted raids at Tolichowki and Humayun Nagar areas. Passports and visas of Ugandan and Nigerian nationals staying here were verified.
According to sources, the raids unearthed many students who had been overstaying in the country even after their visa validity expired.