Students of a private engineering college in Telangana's Suryapet town were in for a shock when they found 12 massive bundles of ganja weighing around 100 kg, tucked under their hostel beds on Thursday.
The police, who rushed to the spot and seized the contraband, said that they were trying to question hostel warden Linga Naik, who is the main suspect in the case.
Speaking to the police, students of Gayathri Junior College said that unidentified persons had wrapped the ganja in newspapers and placed the bundles under their beds during the day, when they were in class.
When the hostel warden was confronted about it, he allegedly told them that the bundles had question papers, and warned the students against opening them.
However, the students went ahead and opened the packages to find massive amounts of ganja stuffed in the bundles. The student unions were informed, who then went on a rampage and reportedly ransacked the institute's furniture.
“As of now, warden Naganna Naik and his brother Linga Naik are the suspects. They both come from Mahbubabad, where ganja cultivation is predominant. We suspect that they used the hostel rooms as transit point for transporting the item to some other location," Suryapet town police inspector Siva Sankar told Mirror.
According to reports, the police also seized an auto-rickshaw that was parked outside the hostel, as they suspected that it may have been used to transport the ganja.
As the issue came to the notice of District Collector K Surendra Mohan, the local District Intermediate Education Officer visited the premises and spoke to the students. He said that the Education Department would conduct an enquiry and submit a detailed report to the Collector demanding stringent action.
“The whole drug transit, storage and sale could be prevented, if only the police did their patrolling job better,” a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) was quoted as saying.