Two police officials deputed for security at the residence of Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai in Bengaluru have been arrested for allegedly trying to extort money from drug peddlers.
The police constables have been identified as Shivakumar and Santhosh posted at Koramangala police station. The police arrested two locals identified as Amjad Khan and Akhil Raj who were suppliers in this case.
The police said the duo were deputed as security officers at the chief minister’s RT Nagar residence. It is also being alleged that they are a part of a gang selling drugs in the city.
The Bengaluru police stated that the constables were trying to extort money from the drug peddlers. However, their roles in the drug peddling are also under the probe at a larger angle.
According to the police, the constables procured drugs through delivery platforms like Dunzo and handed it over to customers near the CM’s residence as they felt that it was a safe place. However, their ‘safe haven’ modus operandi was busted when all the four had argument with each other over the financial distribution.
The Bengaluru police have suspended both the constables from the services and an inquiry has ben initiated against them.
The incident has led to severe criticism on social media where top politicians have questioned the law and order, security in Bengaluru. The politicians have pointed out that if CM’s security is into alleged drug peddling, what more can citizens expect in terms of control on the use and supply of drugs in Bengaluru.