Mumbai/Bhubaneswar: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested three people, including Aryan Khan — the son of Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan and producer Gauri Khan for organizing a drug rave party aboard a luxury cruise liner in Mumbai today.
Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha are likely to be produced before a magistrate court shortly.
Earlier they were detained from the rave party aboard the luxury cruise liner following raids by the NCB personnel in Mumbai.
A total of eight persons — Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker and Gomit Chopra — were detained by the NCB initially for questioning.
Of these, Mohak, Nupur and Gomit are from Delhi. Mohak and Nupur are both fashion designers while Gomit is a hair stylist. Both Mohak and Nupur had come to Delhi with Gomit.
In the first of its kind operation on a cruise ship, the NCB swooped onto the rave party being held on the cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.
NCB DG SN Pradhan said that they were investigating this drug racket for the past two weeks. He further said that the involvement of some from the film fraternity has also come to the fore.
“The probe is still underway and we are investigating all angles,” he said.
The participation for the rave party, where NCB conducted raid on Saturday, was reportedly done via social media with the ticket rates upwards of Rs 75,000 per person.
To avoid detection, the NCB sleuths booked themselves on that cruise as ordinary passengers and they soon found some of their co-passengers consuming drugs.
Then the NCB launched its full-scale raid, detained eight passengers, including two women, consuming drugs, and seized different types of narcotics in varying quantities.
Simultaneously, the cruise ship was ordered to turn and sail back to the ICT at Ballard Pier where the detained passengers were offloaded along with their baggage.