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NCB Drug Bust: Bollywood and drug association shaken India

  The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India completed a major operation in their war against drugs. In their recent drug bust on a cruise, detained are several high-profile names including Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha.

The NCB officials took exemplary measures, when they infiltrated a party on the Goa-bound Cordelia Cruises' Empress Ship, off the coast of Mumbai. The officials seized drugs hidden on board and detained several who were in possession of narcotic substances.

The administration and the judiciary were prompt in their action to expedite the process. Besides, three, there are five other individuals who are under the radar and interrogated.

Initially, the Mumbai Court has granted the custody of Aryan Khan and other two accused to NCB, till October 4. The seized drug list contained 13 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of Charas, 22 MDMA pills, 5 grams of Mephedrone among others. All three of the major accused have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, eventually, the custody of Aryan Khan was extended for three more days.

The names of the accused were not disclosed primarily. After a prolonged probing and investigation, Aryan Khan was disclosed as one of the main accused in this matter.

Recently, in India, the ongoing war against Drugs is moving at a high frequency. A judicial probe is likely to happen in the 3000 kg Heroin-seizure case in the Mundra Port. Follow-up operations resulted in narcotic substances recovery like Cocaine and heroin from Noida and Delhi.

India is located in between two of the world’s high production areas of Opium, the most challenging one being an uncontrolled Afghanistan under the Taliban rule. Besides, medical drug abuse as an addictive has long been a problem for India for quite some time.

The impact of this drug bust and the related issues across India has highlighted the topic of nepotism in the film industry. The relationship between drugs and Bollywood celebs is not a new development. Several stars and starlets were detained at different times and the trend still continues. In the development of this case, Shreyas Nair, an alleged long-time drug peddler to Aryan Khan, was also arrested.

A legion of B-town celebs came forth to support the superstar and his family calling this matter as ‘witch-hunt’ only. However, the common people are protesting against them who are trying to dilute the matter with their public support. According to the Indian constitution, it’s considered as a major criminal act. The NCB officials did not turn down a connection with international drug trafficking organizations related to this event.

The drug bust has traumatised the core of several industries concurrently. The cruise industry had earned a bad name for its association with this drug rave, which majorly let-down the just-reviving tourism industry.

An app-based giant in the education sector, BYJU’s has faced severe backlash. The brand gained fame promoting Shah Rukh Khan as their ambassador. There are calls for boycotting their product for their association with the superstar.

Besides, the cryptocurrency market took a tumble in India, as the NCB officials did not rule out the usage of Bitcoin for drug purchases.

The number of arrests related to the drug bust are on the rising spree. Quite evidently, this incident highlights that drug addiction predominantly exist among the young generation in modern India. The administrative and judiciary are taking proper actions, several big names from the entertainment industry are under the scanner.
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