sriki: Bengaluru: Hacker Sriki, friend test positive for ganja consumption, nabbed | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Alleged hacker Srikrishna Ramesh alias Sriki and his friend Vishnu Bhat, picked up by police for a scuffle at a star hotel here on Saturday afternoon, were arrested after they tested positive for ganja consumption.
Based on blood test reports, Jeevan Bima Nagar police arrested Sriki and Bhat under Section 27 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (Punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance). Later, cops searched Bhat’s house in Indiranagar and claimed to have seized 10 cigarettes filled with ganja, along with some ganja powder. Cops did not recover any such material from Sriki’s room on the fourth floor room.
According to a senior police officer, the duo was arrested under the NDPS Act around 10pm Saturday. Both were produced before a magistrate on Sunday night who directed that they be produced in court before him on Monday and till then, remain in judicial custody.
Earlier, Bhat and Sriki were arrested under Indian Penal Code Sections 323 (Voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) for allegedly attacking hotel staff.
Bhat was trying to enter the lobby without entering his details in the register when hotel staff stopped him, leading to an altercation. Bhat had come to see Sriki, who has been staying in the hotel for more than 55 days. Acting on a police complaint, the duo was taken to Jeevan Bima Nagar police station.
There were reports that a businessman’s grandson was reportedly present during the scuffle, was taken to the police station but let off.
Asked why Sriki, who had no role in the scuffle apart from looking on silently when Bhat was abusing the staff, was subjected to a medical test, a senior cop said, “Bhat and Sriki were behaving strangely when they were brought to the police station for questioning. While Bhat was crying or laughing, Sriki was struggling to speak. Therefore, we subjected both to medical tests.”
According to sources, Sriki’s father is being treated in a private hospital on Old Airport Road for injuries sustained after he fell down from a staircase in his Jayanagar residence about 90 days ago. As Sriki found it tough to shuttle between hospital and house every day, he booked a hotel room nearby. “Sriki booked the room in his own name. Till now, he has paid around Rs 3.5 lakh towards the bill,” an investigating officer said.
“We’ll continue probe Bhat as we recovered ganja from his house. As for Sriki, we have to question him about the source of ganja he consumed,” cops said.

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