The involvement of a BJP worker and a private detective in a raid on a ship off the coast of Mumbai by India’s anti-narcotics agency has sparked controversy. The Narcotics Control Bureau or the NCP conducted the raid on Sunday and arrested eight people, including actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan. The NCP said drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine were found at the party on board the cruise ship.
Several days later, videos of the raid surfaced online, taking the two detainees into the NCB office that night.
On Tuesday, Nationalist Congress Party spokesman Nawab Malik told reporters that Manu Banushali, a BJP worker, had taken the accused Arbas businessman to the NCP office. Mr Malik also pointed to a photo of Mr Banushali with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on his social media profile.
Mr. Banushali told NDTV that he had received information from a friend outside Maharashtra on October 1 that he was using drugs. “I am a BJP worker, one of the 11 crore workers for the last 10-15 years. I am being targeted because I am a BJP worker. Nawab Malik’s son – in – law is involved in a drug case. That is why he is targeting me. Said the place.
“I do not know if Aryan Khan will be at the party. I have WhatsApp chats to prove it on my phone if there is an investigation,” he said.
The NCB said Aryan Khan, 23, was found in possession of 13 grams of cocaine, 21 grams of saras, 22 tablets of MDMA and 5 grams of MD in a high-level drug test.
The BJP is a frequent visitor to Delhi. “I will go to the authorities asking for security. The BJP has nothing to do with the arrest. In Maharashtra, my life is under threat. I have come to Delhi for my personal security,” Banushali said.
Earlier, Nawab Malik of the NCP had alleged that “not a single gram of drug was seized on board or at the terminal”.
“The arrest of Aryan Khan was a fake. Over the past one month, it has been reported to crime reporters that the next target is actor Shah Rukh Khan,” Mr Malik said.