MUMBAI Police on Tuesday said that no permission was taken from them regarding the cruise ship party from where the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) team seized drugs. As per Mumbai Police sources, the matter comes under Yellow Gate police station’s jurisdiction. “Their permission is necessary but no permission was taken, neither was any intimation given,” they added. However, as per police officials, since multiple agencies are involved in granting permissions, the Mumbai Police will speak to the Directorate General of Shipping and Mumbai Port Trust about what permissions were given to the cruise ship. The Maharashtra Government has imposed the Disaster Management Act in the State owing to the COVID-19 cases.
Therefore, the police are also checking for violation of section 188. The State has also imposed section 144, not allowing more than five people to gather at a place. After investigations, if there is any violation of the said sections, an FIR will be filed by the Mumbai police. A team of Port Zone police is also investigating the matter. NCB Mumbai Director Sameer Wankhede has said that there are more suspects in connection with the case. An NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea on October 2 night. Eight persons were detained for questioning by the NCB in connection with the drug seizure on the cruise ship, according to NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede. All of the eight persons were later arrested on October 3. Three accused including Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha were produced before Mumbai’s Esplanade Court which remanded them to NCB custody till October 4. Other accused in the case include Nupur Satija, Ishmeet Singh Chadha, Mohak Jaiswal, Gomit Chopra and Vikrant Chhokar.
NCB arrests seven more persons
THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested seven more persons, including four “high-profile organisers” belonging to a Delhi-based event management company, in connection with the seizure of banned drugs from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast in which Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is one of the accused, an official said on Tuesday. With the arrest of the seven more persons, the number of people arrested by the anti-drugs agency so far reached 16, he said. The Delhi-based firm was tasked with the management of the event onboard Cordelia Cruises ship, which was supposed to take place from October 2 to October 4, an NCB official had said. The four organisers belonging to the event management firm who are arrested by the NCB are identified as Gopal Jee Anand, Samir Sehgal, Manav Singhal and Bhaskar Arora, the official said.
The anti-drugs agency had earlier arrested nine people, including Aryan Khan, after raiding the Goa-bound ship on Saturday. After the raid, the NCB’s Mumbai zonal unit started a crackdown on drug peddlers connected with the arrested persons. The agency sleuths also brought some suspects, including from the cruise ship, to the NCB’s office here for questioning, the official said. During the questioning of suspects, the role of few more persons had come to light, following which they were placed under arrest, the official said. Earlier in the day, the anti-drugs agency said it had arrested two more persons in connection with the seizure of drugs from the cruise ship.