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BJP, anti-drugs agency spreading “terrorism” in Mumbai: NCP’s Nawab Malik

Nawab Malik said that the arrest in the drugs-on-cruise case was made only on the basis of WhatsApp chat.

Mumbai:

The BJP and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) are spreading “terrorism” in Mumbai, NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik alleged on Wednesday as he continued his campaign against the central agency and its top official Samir Wankhede.

Mr Malik reiterated his demand for a probe into the WhatsApp chats of the central agency’s zonal director Wankhede, who oversaw the raid on a cruise liner off the Mumbai coast earlier this month that led to the alleged seizure of drugs, it said. Saying how “fake” it would be. NCB cases.

He claimed that the case related to the alleged recovery of banned drugs from the ship was “fake” and the arrests were made only on the basis of WhatsApp chats.

The minister said due process was not followed after the raid on the ship, which also included Aryan Khan, the jailed son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Mr Malik alleged that the NCB was being used to defame the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state and said he would present evidence in support of his claim next week. The NCP is a major component in the Shiv Sena-led MVA government.

His party’s chief spokesperson Malik said, “BJP, NCB and some criminals are spreading terrorism in Mumbai.”

The veteran politician has been at the forefront of launching attacks on NCB after Aryan Khan was arrested in the drugs case.

Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan was also arrested by the NCB earlier this year in a drug case. He has been released on bail.

Last week, NCP president Sharad Pawar accused the Center of using the drug law enforcement agency, the Enforcement Directorate, the CBI and the Income Tax Department to target political parties opposing the BJP.

Malik reiterated his demand to probe Wankhede’s WhatsApp chats. He said that if Mr Wankhede’s phone recording is released, it will prove how “fake” the NCB cases are.

In the past whenever a rave party was raided, blood and urine samples of those caught were collected and released. He said that if the samples suggest the use of drugs, the accused will be arrested.

Neither blood nor urine samples were collected from those arrested during a raid on the ship earlier this month. The minister alleged that the NCB did not take blood and urine samples as the whole case was “fake”.

Mr Malik said the arrests in the drugs-on-cruise case were made only on the basis of WhatsApp chats.

A special court on Wednesday refused bail to Aryan Khan, observing that “on the face of it”, he was found to be indulging in “illegal drug activities on a regular basis”.

The court said that his WhatsApp chat prima facie revealed that he was in touch with drug smugglers.

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