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After busting drugs party, NCB searches cruise ship on return to Mumbai

By PTI

MUMBAI: The Narcotics Control Bureau searched a cruise ship on its return to Mumbai on Monday morning, two days after a drug party on the ship was busted off the city coast, an NCB official said.

NCB arrested Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan and seven others, including two women, after a raid on Cordelia Cruise Company’s Goa-bound ship.

On Monday, the NCB got information that the ship had returned to the city after two days.

Hence, officials including NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede reached the cruise terminal and search was on on the ship, the official said.

On Saturday evening, a team of NCB led by Wankhede raided the ship on the basis of a tip-off that a party was scheduled on the ship.

An official had earlier said investigators seized 13 grams of cocaine, five grams of MD, 21 grams of charas and 22 pills of ecstasy and Rs 1.33 lakh.

During the raid, more than 20 officials of Mumbai NCB had boarded the ship as customers.

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The official said there were 1,800 people on the ship, but after investigation, all except eight, including Aryan Khan, were asked to leave.

Apart from Aryan Khan, the arrested accused have been identified as Munmun Dhamecha, Arbaaz Merchant, Ismeet Singh, Mohk Jaswal, Gomit Chopra, Nupur Sarika and Vikrant Chhokar, the official said.

A special holiday court had earlier remanded Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant to NCB custody till Monday.

The anti-drug agency kept a close watch on the cruise ship event for 15-20 days after receiving information about the drug party being organized.

Officials had earlier said that after confirmation, the NCB conducted raids on Saturday.

He had said that the NCB may interrogate officials of Delhi-based event management company Namskre, registered as Canplus Trading Pvt Ltd, and cruise company Cordelia Cruises.

The (Delhi-based) firm was tasked with managing the event on board Cordelia Cruises’ Empress ship, which was scheduled to take place from October 2 to October 4.

All known organizers of the event are now under the investigation of the NCB, an official of the anti-drug agency had said earlier.

An NCB official said that the Narcotics Control Bureau may summon officials of the cruise company and event management firm in connection with the seizure of banned drugs on the ship.

The NCB will now determine whether any of the organizers had any information about the drugs being brought onboard and consumed during the three-day cruise in the Arabian Sea.

The official said that three additional directors of the event management company are now under the watch of the agency.

The cruise company said in a statement on Sunday that it had nothing to do with the incident.

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