Narcotics Control Bureau director general Rakesh Asthana’s Mumbai visit comes ahead of a planned crackdown on use of drugs in Bollywood

Narcotics Control Bureau director normal Rakesh Asthana returned to the nationwide capital Delhi on Friday after a quiet go to to Mumbai to overview investigations by the federal company within the medication trafficking case launched after Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying in June this 12 months, individuals acquainted with the matter stated.

Asthana’s in a single day go to to Mumbai comes forward of a crackdown being deliberate by the NCB that’s anticipated to focus on celebrities in Bollywood and the drug suppliers. “You can expect some action in the next two weeks,” a senior NCB official informed Hindustan Times, declining to disclose particulars at this stage.

The NCB has already arrested greater than 20 individuals on this case together with actor Rhea Chakraborty who was launched on bail earlier this month after spending almost a month behind bars. Her brother continues to be in jail after the Mumbai excessive courtroom, which set her free, dominated that Showik gave the impression to be “an important link in the chain of drug dealers”.

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Well earlier than Rhea Chakraborty walked out of jail, the NCB had already expanded the ambit of its probe to cowl different celebrities as properly. Actors Deepika Padikone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh, clothier Simone Khambatta and celeb supervisor Shruti Modi had been questioned final month.

“There has been forward movement in the investigation, both on the demand side from Bollywood as well as the supply side,” an official acquainted with the probe stated. There are individuals who have a day job within the movie trade however are additionally concerned within the medication racket, the official stated.

On the availability aspect, the NCB has already busted a module in Kerala’s Kasaragod that was linked to the Bollywood case and is monitoring down the primary narcotics suppliers to Mumbai.

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Asthana, who spent most of his time hopping from one assembly to a different, was informed that investigators had been capable of set up the heroin and amphetamine had been making their technique to Mumbai both by way of Afghanistan-Pakistan channel or by way of Mozambique-Maldives-Sri Lanka route. cocaine comes from South America, both by way of South Africa and different African international locations.

The NCB has already reached out to their counterparts within the United States, Britain, Canada and South Africa – to take motion in opposition to the traffickers in associated circumstances.

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