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NCB has nothing to do with BJP: Ramdas Athawale refutes Nawab Malik’s allegations

New Delhi: Amid allegations by Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik that there is a link between Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Sunday (October 10, 2021) said that the anti-drug agency is an independent The unit and its activities have nothing to do with the saffron party.

Refuting the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader’s allegations, Athawale told ANI, “NCB is an independent body. It has nothing to do with the BJP. When it comes to its activities and functioning, the political party is completely independent. Unrelated and irrelevant. Malik is deliberately making false allegations. Accusations on BJP. NCB is doing its job properly.

Nawab Malik on Saturday alleged that there is Relationship between zonal director of NCB Mumbai unit and BJP leaders.

“After the raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast, NCB’s Sameer Wankhede had said that eight to ten people were detained. But the truth is that 11 people were detained. Later, three people were taken into custody. was released; Rishabh Sachdeva, Prateek Gaba and Amir Furniturewala were released,” he claimed.

Malik had also questioned on whose instructions the NCB released the three people after a total of 11 people were detained after the cruise ship was raided. He also claimed that the raid was “fake” and that “outsiders” were involved.

It is to be noted that an NCB team on October 2 busted an alleged drugs party on a cruise ship en route to Goa in the middle of the sea. The Narcotics Control Bureau has so far arrested 20 people in connection with the case, In which Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is also involved..

Meanwhile, an NCB official said on Sunday that two people, whom Malik claimed to be involved in the raid, were in fact nine independent witnesses. 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 and they included 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 charges leveled against it in connection with the raid on the cruise ship were “Unfounded, Driven Ideas and Prejudice”. NCB Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede had said that the anti-drug agency works in a professional manner.

“We don’t see any political party or religion. We do our work in a professional manner,” he said.

(with agency input)

By Naveen Bharat Staff

 

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