Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Kalinga Sena on Thursday lodged an FIR at the Kharabela Nagar Police station alleging large-scale drug dealings in Odisha cine industry.

Drawing a comparison with the Bollywood where many actors and producers have been accused of consuming drugs and holding rave parties, the Kalinga Sena chief, Hemanta Rath said that Ollywood is no exception and people belonging to the business are involved in drug deals.

“A group in Odia cine industry is under the grips of narcotics. Exactly like the Bollywood, the actors and other members of the industry are consuming drugs in a big way,” Rath alleged.

Rath went on to invoke the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput that stoked a major controversy in the country and exposed the drug consumption of many A-list actors by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). He said, “We have already seen how Sushant Singh Rajput lost his mental balance by consuming drugs that ultimately led to his suicide. And more importantly, Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty has already made a statement on the potency of Odisha ganja.”

“If we look at the statement from Babushaan’s wife who alleged that her husband was deliberately fed narcotics by some people and his mother Aparajita Mohanty’s statement who had said that Babushaan has lost his mental balance, we can only hope that nobody in our industry takes the path Sushant Singh took in Mumbai,” Rath said.

“We demand the police to take the narcotics deals seriously and bring all the persons from peddlers to consumers under the purview of investigation,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the ‘Chocolate Boy of Odia cinema’, Babushaan had returned to Odisha from Chennai on Wednesday. Babushaan has also knocked the doors of Orissa High Court seeking anticipatory bail in connection with the case filed by his wife.

The actor's wife Trupti Satpathy had lodged a case under section 498 ‘A’ against him at Kharvel Nagar Police station while a case under IPC section 506 has been registered against his co-actor Prakruti Mishra.