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Samir Wankhede controversy in India's Drug wars

  Hailed as a super-cop who does not flinch even before the Bollywood royalty to a police officer is marred in controversy and allegation of corruption.
The perception about Sameer Wankhede is going for a roller-coaster ride in the recent weeks. Crucial time it is for India while combatting against the rising drug conflicts. The outcome of this incident can dictate how the war will go and exactly how the officials will take risks of high-profile arrests. When it comes to Sameer Wankhede, he is no stranger to tussle with the big names. The present Zonal Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) did several stints with the National
Investigation Agency as well.

He caught the pop singer Mika Singh at the airport with foreign currency. He also led the exposed investigation in Bollywood drug usage after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He questioned and probed famous personalities like Rhea Chakraborty, Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and so on. Nevertheless, this is the first time he has faced such hostility from the fans and the political personnel too. Nawab Malik, a senior minister from Maharashtra, led the charge against NCB and Sameer Wankhede. He has involved Wankhede over social media, claiming irregularities in his 26 old cases. Later he took the matter faraway asking about Sameer’s caste, his marriage and even his mother, whom he lost a few years back.

The attack on this scale is unmatched as Nawab Malik took this as his personal revenge, related to his son-inlaw, Sameer Khan’s arrest by the NCB in an alleged drug case in January, 2021. In the drug-bust case, the officials are caught in the power play of politics. The NCP-Shiv Sena alliance is crying foul in the case. Alternatively, Shri Shiv Pratishthan Yuva Hindustan, (SSPYH) expressed their support with Sameer Wankhede. The BJP, the ruling party in the centre is staying away from the controversy. The NCB is receiving complete support from the centre, hence the case is going ahead. The allegation of drug usage against several members of the Bollywood industry is not new. Adding politics to the mix has muddied the whole affair. It became difficult for the officials to battle against the rising drug addiction, especially among the youth. There are two major segments from the strategies taken by the DEA collaborations against the international
drug cartels. Apparently, the first one is the supply chain.

The final supplier and the end-user, should be taken into account quite seriously. While positive reinforcements like anti-drug campaigns can boost the movement to a high extent, the negativity of drug abuse can result in holding back the youth from experimenting. Hence, Aryan Khan case is aptly highlighted in the media. A star-kid and a youth icon in his own rights, Aryan Khan affect his followers across the nation. He is considered royalty in Bollywood, as his father Shah Rukh Khan is,
undoubtedly, one of the biggest movie stars. This arrest is a clear message to the huge fan base and the whole country that even an influential person is not above
the law and order as far as drug abuse is concerned. Around the same time, the huge drug confiscation at Mundra port was on the limelight too, which indicates that there is a steady drug racket at work in India. This incident is still under investigation and yet to get much coverage. Nevertheless, Aryan Khan conviction case can result in diminishing demand of narcotic substances, which will affect the overall drug route too.



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