Published: 11th January 2019
Malayali med student busted for running LSD, Ecstasy drug racket out of his house in Davanagere
Superintendent of Police Chethan R said that the accused made separate storage at his house for selling drugs to students, especially of medical and engineering colleges
A manhunt for ganja suppliers in Davangere has revealed the dark side of the education hub with the police revealing that the students of prestigious colleges of the city are not only addicted to ganja but also to deadly drugs such as Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) and MSMD too. In a major crackdown on the racket, the police arrested a Kerala-based final year MBBS student of a city college and seized the narcotics. The arrested has been identified as Saajan Raja Gopal (28), the student of Jagadguru Jayadeva Murugarajendra Medical College (JJM Medical College) and a resident of Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. Currently, he is residing at a house at Siddaveerappa Layout in the city.
The accused has been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. Superintendent of Police Chethan R said that the accused made separate storage at his house for selling drugs to students, especially of medical and engineering colleges. The accused claimed before the police that he joined the MBBS course in 2010. Acting on a tip-off, the police conducted a raid on his house and found 1 kg of ganja leaves, 0.10 grams of LSD, 1.79 grams of MDMA tablet shaped drugs and 1.56 grams of MDMA powder and other equipment used for consuming drugs. Chethan said, -"It's for the first time that we seized the LSD and MSMD drugs in Davangere. The drugs are very dangerous and cause hallucinogenic effects. We have taken this case very seriously and trying to trap the network as soon as possible," The SP said that one strip of LSD drug costs around Rs 3000 to Rs 4000. "We have seized such drugs worth Rs 1 lakh approximately. As per the information we have, drug consumption is also going on at some resorts and hotels on the city outskirts. We will crack down on such places shortly if the information turns out to be true," he said. The SP also said that it is the fourth case registered in the last one week and Gopal is the third person arrested on the charges of selling narcotics to students.
The change in mood or personality brought about by hallucinogenic drugs is more likely to be influenced by the set and setting of the drug use than the purely pharmacological action of the drugs themselves within the central nervous system. Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) has stimulant properties like amphetamine, but it also has certain effects in common with LSD. It works on the brain in much the same way as LSD by the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin which has been reported by users as making them feel happier and increasing their feelings of empathy for others. Photo: 10dvg01: The accused Saajan Raja Gopal has been arrested by Davangere police