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NCP released BJP leader’s brother-in-law after cruise ship raid, claims NCP

By PTI

Mumbai: Intensifying its attack on the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the NCP on Friday alleged that the anti-drug agency released two people, one of whom was a brother, after a recent raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. – In-laws of a “high-profile” BJP leader.

Taking a jibe at NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede, NCP spokesperson and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik also questioned the conduct of the agency’s officials.

“After the raid, NCB officer Sameer Wankhede said that 8-10 people were apprehended. How can an officer who conducts the entire operation give an indefinite reply? If 10 people were caught then why leave two people. And of the two, one was the brother-in-law of a high-profile BJP leader,” alleged Malik.

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The allegation against the NCB by Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a central agency, comes a day after the IT department raided the premises of commercial entities linked to its party leader and state Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

Malik said he would address a press conference on Saturday to reveal the name of the BJP leader, whose brother-in-law was dumped by the NCB.

He said the IT department’s raids on entities linked to Pawar were aimed at defaming him.

On Wednesday, Malik had termed the NCB’s October 2 raid on the cruise ship as “fake” and alleged that no narcotics were found during it.

The NCB on Saturday arrested 18 people, including Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, for allegedly confiscating drugs from a Goa-bound ship.

Notably, Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan was arrested by the NCB on January 13 in an alleged drug case.

He was granted bail in September.

The NCP shares power with the Shiv Sena and Congress in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state.

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