The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru, which is probing the drug menace in the Kannada film industry, on Sep 4 arrested film actress Ragini Dwivedi along with two more persons, police said.
“Ragini Dwivedi has been arrested and taken into custody,” Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said in a statement.
Besides, the actress, two people named Rahul and Viren Khanna were arrested, it said.
Police had arrested another person, K Ravishankar on Thursday. With this four people have been arrested in the case.
The CCB had earlier carried out searches at Ragini Dwivedi’s residence here this morning, police sources said.
She was taken to the CCB office in the afternoon and was questioned in connection with the drug case.
Later, in the evening she was arrested and taken into custody, the sources added. According to police, Viren Khanna is a big catch.
“He (Khanna) is the main person who organises big parties where drugs are consumed.He was in Delhi and two CCB police inspectors had gone to Delhi and arrested him,” Patil said.
He has been taken into police custody for four days, he added.
Ravi also known as K Ravishankar, a clerk in the Road Transport Office, was arrested on Thursday while Rahul, a realtor, was taken into custody today, Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant said.
Both of them used to go to high-end parties frequently and used to obtain drugs from foreign nationals, he said,adding that the two were peddlers and consumers.
The actress was in close contact with Ravi, the police chief claimed. According to Pant, police have started the second level of investigation based on their revelations and accordingly other people have also been called for questioning.
The CCB had raided Ragini Dwivedi’s residence early morning today after obtaining a search warrant from a court, a police officer said.