Mancherial: Five persons were arrested for allegedly possessing ganja at an irrigation tank on the outskirts of Mancherial on Monday. A kilogram of ganja and a mobile phone were seized from them. Two more accused were absconding.
Mancherial Assistant Commissioner of Police Akhil Mahajan said that the accused Kandugula Sai, Samala Venkatesh, Kanuganti Prashanth and Pittala Abhishek, residents of different parts of Mancherial and Naspur mandals and Gurnule Vittal belonging to Suddapur village in Kerameri mandal of Kumram Bheem Asifabad district. Madugula Sai Raj and Sunny are still at large.
Sai, Venkatesh, Prashanth and Abhishek were found to be carrying the contraband substance in polythene bags when cops conducted raids, following a tip. They revealed that they procured the ganja from Vittal. They were produced before a court and sent to judicial remand. Stringent action would be taken against peddlers and consumers of the ganja, Akhil warned.
Meanwhile, two persons were booked on the charges of growing ganja trees at Naikapuguda hamlet under Govena village in Tiryani mandal. The accused were Mucchiveni Bakkaiah and Mucchaveni Pochaiah, residents of Naikapuguda.
While Bakkaiah raised 20 trees, Pochaiah grew 22 trees in their red gram crop as an intercrop during raids on agriculture fields by police, Tiryani Sub-Inspector P Rama Rao said.
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