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Mumbai Cruise Raid: NCB Detains One More, Seizes Drugs From His Possession

The NCB has been conducting raids in Bandra, Juhu, and Goregaon areas since the past night, stating that a total of 16 arrests have been made so far. 

The Bombay High Court granted bail to Aryan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha on October 29. (Image: PTI)

Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of Mumbai detained another person and seized drugs from his possession, in connection with the Cruise ship party case from the Powai area on Tuesday night. According to the NCB, the arrested person has been identified as Anchit Kumar. The NCB has been conducting raids in Bandra, Juhu, and Goregaon areas since the past night, stating that a total of 16 arrests have been made so far. 

Eight people 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 detained were later arrested on October 3. The three accused include Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha, who were produced before Mumbai’s Esplanade Court. The Court has remanded their custody to the NCB till October 4. 

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As per the NCB, three arrested have been booked under Section 8C, 20B, 27 (Punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance) and 35 (Presumption of culpable mental state) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act). Section 8C of the NDPS Act refers to prohibition to produce, manufacture, possess, sell, purchase, transport, warehouse, use, consume, import inter-State, export inter-State, import into India, export from India or tranship any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance.Section 20B deals with punishment for producing, manufacturing, possessing, selling, purchasing, transportation, imports inter-State, exports inter-State or use of cannabis. 

Satish Maneshinde, the lawyer arguing in defence of Aryan Khan, told the Court, “Accused number 1, Aryan Khan was invited for the cruise party. However, he did not have a boarding pass. He didn’t have any seats or cabins there. Secondly, according to the seizure, nothing has been found in his possession. He is arrested only based on chats.” Others accused in the case include Nupur Satija, Ishmeet Singh Chadha, Mohak Jaiswal, Gomit Chopra and Vikrant Chhokar.