Former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai zone officer Sameer Wankhede has received threats to his life on social media. A Twitter handle by the name 'Aman' sent a message to Sameer Wankhede on 14 August, writing, "तुमको पता है तुमने क्या किया है। इसका हिसाब तुमको देना पड़ेगा (You know what you have done, and you will have to pay for it)."
Another message read, "तुमको ख़त्म कर देंगे (We will kill you)."
Sameer Wankhede approached the police in Goregaon. The cops are in the process of registering an FIR. Wankhede's statement was recorded yesterday.
The Twitter account of 'Aman' had zero followers and is suspected to have been created for the purpose of issuing threats to Wankhede, police sources said.
Wankhede, the former zonal director of the NCB's Mumbai office, had come into the limelight following the anti-drugs agency's high-profile raids in October 2021 on a Mumbai cruise after which the agency arrested actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan and 19 others, and claimed to have also seized some narcotics.
In the midst of allegations of corruption against Sameer Wankhede, the case was transferred from the Mumbai zone to the central team of the NCB. Wankhede was removed from the case and a vigilance probe was initiated against him. The NCB had later given a clean chit to Aryan Khan.
While Wankhede was heading the Mumbai cruise drugs case investigation, then Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik had levelled several allegations against him, including that of forging his caste certificate.
Malik had also termed the 2021 cruise raid, which had led to Aryan Khan staying in custody for around a month, “fake”. He also accused Wankhede of working for the BJP.
An IRS officer, Wankhede was deputed to the NCB after actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in June 2020, when names of several Bollywood celebrities had cropped up during investigations into a possible drugs angle.
During Wankhede's tenure, several high-profile celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh were questioned in connection with allegations of a drug nexus in Bollywood.