Police caught the accused, who was working at the Parappana Agrahara prison, four months after the smuggling racket came to light.

Bengaluru prison staff member arrested for selling marijuana to inmates
news Crime Friday, December 21, 2018 - 08:43

A physical education instructor at the Parappana Agrahara police station in Bengaluru, was arrested on Wednesday by the same police after it was found that he had been smuggling and selling marijuana to the prison inmates. The accused, B Kumaraswamy, had reportedly been working in the prison for the past five years.

According to police, on August 21, Kumaraswamy gave four packets of marijuana with 100 grams of the drug in them to convicts, Manjunath and Krishna. The prison’s chief superintendent filed a complaint against the accused after being informed of the issue. Once officials were alerted to his activities, Kumaraswamy went absconding and a search was on to hunt him down. He was finally arrested on Wednesday in Halamadenahalli of Hiriyur taluk.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of the South east division, MV Boralingaiah, stated to media that Kumaraswamy had been peddling marijuana to the convicts of the prison. Kumaraswamy, a native of Hiriyur near Chitradurga, was apprehended in Alamadenahalli village after the smuggled drugs were first found with prisoners four months back. Upon further investigation, police officials were able to find that the drugs had been brought in and sold by the accused.

“He used to conceal the drugs in his clothes and avoid security checks while gaining entry into the prison and hand over the packets to the convicts in return for cash. The racket was busted when the prison officials during a random check caught Manjunath, a convict with four packets of marijuana, weighing 100 grams each, while he was working in computer server room on August 21,” said the DCP to the media.

Police have brought him to Bengaluru and are trying to trace the whereabouts of Kumaraswamy’s associates.

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