Over 20 from Odisha were onboard during Mumbai cruise drug bust

Bhubaneswar/Mumbai: More than 20 youngsters from Odisha were reportedly onboard the cruise ship on which a rave party was busted by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) off Mumbai coast on October 2 night.

According to reports, Out of 20 attendees, as many as 14 were from Rourkela and 6 were from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack city.

While 15 of them are said to have left Mumbai, five attendees are reportedly under scanner of the NCB.

Reports said that the youngsters had joined their respective cruise parties in two separate groups. The entry fee into the ship was priced at Rs 80,000.

However, those two groups had no connection with the drugs party attended by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan and his friends onboard the Cordelia cruise.

Reports said that one from Rourkela along with his 15 friends had visited Mumbai to throw a bachelor party on the cruise liner. Of 15, nine hail from Rourkela and six persons belong to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Those 15 attendees of a bachelor party were present during the NCB raid onboard the cruise. They all were under purview of the investigation following rave party bust. After preliminary probe, the NCB freed them after they were found to have not consumed drugs in the party.

On the other hand, two youth from Odisha — Manish Rajgaria and Avin Sahu — present in rave party involving Aryan Khan have been arrested on charges of consuming, buying and selling drugs on the ship. The duo had been to Mumbai along with their three friends.

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These 5-member group was part of the drugs party held on the ship in the night of October 2. Along with Aryan Khan, Manish and Avin were apprehended by the NCB and their three friends came under scanner of the central agency. While cigarettes filled with about 2.4 gm Hydroponic Weed also known as multi-strain was recovered from Manish, Avin was arrested on drug consumption charges.

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Meanwhile, families of both the accused from Odisha denied involvement of the duo in drug peddling.

“Avin had gone to Mumbai from Rourkela for attending his friend’s bachelor party on the cruise ship. He has no links with Aryan Khan. He is being unnecessarily dragged into the matter as it is a high-profile case,” said father of Avin.

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While parents of one of the accused youth have left for Mumbai following arrest on drug consumption charges, father of another accused will head for the city to initiate a process for legal fight in two days.

Meanwhile, one foreign national was arrested from Bandra area last night in connection with the rave party bust on the cruise in Mumbai. The NCB recovered mephedrone (MD) in huge quantity from him.

With this, total 18 persons have been arrested in the case so far.


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