It was not a surrender but no less than a surrender too when a construction labourer declared Rs 40 lakh as his annual income and filed his income-tax returns. If you are wondering as to how a construction labour managed to earn Rs 40 lakh annually, then you must know that he had a side-business too – an illegal one. It all started when someone asked Ranga Rachappa to get ganja (cannabis) from his native Pushpapura village in Chamrajnagar district. Rachappa, who was working as a construction labourer when he came to Bengaluru, in 2011, after studying up to Class 10, saw his fortunes take an upturn with this offer. Soon, he was peddling drugs in a big way and had also recruited youngsters as agents. He was rolling in cash and in 2013 quit his job as a day labourer and went full-time into drugs.
Everything was going just fine for Rachappa. He had a rented villa in the Kanakapura Road area, a car and a property in his native village. However, something ad absurdum happened in 2015-2016. He started filing income tax and declared Rs 40 lakh as his annual income. That’s when he caught the attention of the tax officials. The IT department officials called him for scrutiny as he had not declared the source of his income and asked the police to keep an eye on him. The Koramangala police raided his house and seized 30 kg ‘ganja’ and Rs 5 lakh cash on Monday morning in Koramangala police limits, as per a report by Deccan Chronicle. His associate, Srinivas, 47, a Chandapura resident, was also arrested, while his ganja supplier Sashu, is still at large. Notably, the reason behind him declaring his annual income is not yet known.
Koramangala police received information about Rachappa and his men arriving at a hotel on 80ft Road Koramangala on January 20 and rushed there. They managed to catch Rachappa and Srinivas but Sashu gave them the slip. As per media reports, Rachappa, on lawyers’ advice, registered himself as a Class I contractor with a few government agencies. He used to sell at least 30 kg of ganja every month with the top quality ganja at a whopping selling price of Rs 35,000 per kg. Following his arrest, he also told the cops that he was paying Rs 40,000 as rent.
According to the police, the duo was catering to college students and working professionals. The police are investigating to find out whether more people were involved in the racket.