Actor and former Bigg Boss contestant Ajaz Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today, a day after he was detained for questioning over restricted drugs found at his Mumbai house. The NCB took him into custody yesterday from the Mumbai airport upon his arrival from Rajasthan.
The agency said it had found alprazolam tablets from his residence while conducting search operations in Andheri and Lokhandwala localities in Mumbai.
Aijaz Khan is allegedly a part of narcotics peddler Shadab Farooque Shaikh alias Shadab Batata’s syndicate, the NCB said. The agency had arrested Shaikh on 25 March, recovering more than 2 kg of the banned mephedrone drug from him.
Shaikh’s revelations led the agency to Khan whom the NCB questioned in its Mumbai office. Speaking to reporters outside the office, Aijaz Khan had claimed he had not been detained but had gone to meet the officers voluntarily. This morning, he insisted he was innocent.
“Neither was anything found from my home nor from the airport,” Khan said today while talking to reporters while being taken away by officials. When asked repeatedly about the drugs found at his residence, he said, “Nothing. Ask them where they got it…what they got was four sleeping pills. My wife had miscarried and was in depression. She was taking those pills.”
The NCB has in recent months tightened the screws on the alleged Bollywood-narcotics syndicate with searches, interrogations, and arrests being made in this connection. The investigations are linked to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death last year.
A number of industry A-listers, including Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Shraddha Kapoor, and Sara Ali Khan have been questioned by the NCB during this phase.
The agency arrested also a number of foreign nationals recently for possession of illegal drugs. On Monday, it had intercepted a Nigerian and recovered 200 g of mephedrone from the Navi Mumbai area. The same day, in Chennai, it took into custody six Sri Lankans who had been intercepted on a boat in the Indian waters with 300 kg of heroin and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition.