MUMBAI: The Narcotics Control Bureau on Sunday arrested a Nigerian national in connection with the cruise drugs party raid case, an NCB official said.
With this, NCB has so far arrested 20 people including Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan in this case.
Giving details of the latest arrest, the official said that an NCB team laid a trap in suburban Goregaon and nabbed the accused, identified as Okaro Ozama, “with an intermediate quantity of cocaine” on Saturday.
This is the second arrest of a foreign national in this case, the official said.
Earlier also NCB had arrested a Nigerian in the case.
The official said that the NCB is trying to ascertain the foreign links in the case based on the interrogation of all the accused.
He also said that two people, who were claimed by NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik to be “outsiders” involved in the raid, were in fact among the nine independent witnesses involved in the entire operation.
He said the NCB was not aware of the two before October 2, when the Goa-bound ship was raided.
A total of nine independent witnesses were involved in the entire operation (cruise ship raid) and among them were Manish Bhanushali and KP Gosavi.
“None of the independent witnesses, including two (Bhanushali and Gosavi), knew the NCB before October 2,” the official said.
The NCB had earlier said that all the allegations leveled against it in connection with the cruise ship raid were “baseless, thought provoking and prejudicial”.
NCB Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede had said that the anti-drug agency works in a professional manner.
“We do not see any political party or religion.
We do our work in a professional manner.”
Acting on a tip-off, a team of NCB raided the Goa bound cruise ship on October 2 and claimed to have recovered banned drugs.
The matter took a political turn when NCP leader Nawab Malik on Wednesday claimed that the raids were “fake” and that “outsiders” were involved.
Malik had on Saturday alleged that the NCB had initially detained 11 people from the Goa-bound cruise ship, but released three of them, including a BJP leader’s brother-in-law, hours later.