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NCB released 3 after calls from Delhi, Maharashtra leaders: Nawab Malik

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: A week after the anti-drug agency carried out a raid at cruise ship off Mumbai coast that led to the arrest of Aryan Khan, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh’s son, along with eight others, Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik on Saturday released some videos alleging that the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had initially detained 11 people but released 3 – including Sachdev, Pratik Gaba and Amir Furniturewala – after talking to BJP leaders. 

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Mr Malik alleged that Rishabh Sachdev, brother-in-law of BJP leader Mohit Kambhoj (Bhartiya) was arrested by NCB but was released within hours after getting calls from BJP leaders in Delhi and Maharashtra. Kambhoj is a former president of BJP’s Yuva Morcha in Mumbai.

“After the raid on the cruise, NCB’s Sameer Wankhede had said that 8-10 people were detained. But the truth is that 11 people were detained. Later, three people – Rishabh Sachdeva, Prateek Gaba and Amir Furniturewala – were released,” Nawab Malik said today. Their names came up during a court hearing, he added.

“NCB director Samir Wankhede had given a vague statement about the detention of 8-10 persons during the raid. In all, 11 were detained on the cruise during the raid. Mumbai Police had the same information till morning but then the number came down to eight and three persons were let off,” said Malik while addressing the media.

The minister also showed videos to support his claim of the detention and release of the three persons.

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“Sachdev was released after two hours and his father and uncle were with him. All three people were released at the same time. The names of Gaba and Furniturewala have been reflected in the arguments during the hearing in the court. Aryan Khan had gone there upon invitation from these three,” he added.

The NCP minister further said, “Our question to NCB is that you raided a cruise with 1,300 people on it and detained only 11 people who were brought to the NCB office for inquiry. NCB must clarify on whose instructions these three people were released. Our information is that the BJP leaders from Maharashtra and Delhi made phone calls to get them released.”

He further sought to know the reasons behind bringing them to the NCB office and releasing them. “NCB must answer if the 11 persons were detained among 1,300 people, then why did it release the three persons. We demand Wankhede to clarify this. What was the reason to bring the three persons to the NCB office and what investigation was completed that they were let off?” Malik asked.

The minister further said that the entire investigation is progressing further based on the WhatsApp chats. “Did NCB take the phones of these three people and see their chats? The entire case of raiding a cruise ship is fabricated. A plan was devised to invite some celebrities and they were framed in it,” he added.

Malik also demanded Mumbai and Maharashtra Police to obtain call records of these people. “The call details of Samir Wankhede should also be obtained. We feel that from the mobile of Sachdev’s father, conversations took place between Wankhede and BJP leaders in Delhi and Maharashtra. If call details are obtained, then the actual truth about the detention and release will come out before the public,” he added.

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