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SIT to probe drug racket busted in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The Telangana excise department today set up a special investigation team to probe a drug supply racket which was busted with the arrest of three persons yesterday.

“A two-member SIT comprising assistant excise superintendent S Srinivas Rao and an excise inspector has been set up,” excise enforcement director Akun Sabharwal said.

Excise officials had conducted raids across Hyderabad and Secunderabad over the week-end and seized 700 `squares’ of LSD, each costing Rs 3,000 and worth Rs 21 lakh in total, and 35 grams of MDMA (also called `Ecstasy’) worth Rs 1.4 lakh.

Three alleged drug peddlers — Abdul Quddos who works for a private firm, Abdul Wahab who is a student, and Calvin Mascrenhas, a small-time musician — were arrested.

Among their customers were a film producer and senior officials of MNCs and employees of IT firms in Cyberabad besides college students, Sabharwal had said yesterday.

—PTI