Actor Ajaz Khan was arrested by the Mumbai unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) on Wednesday for his alleged association with the Batata Gang, ANI reported. He was detained on Tuesday night from the Mumbai airport.
According to the news agency, NCB officials said 4.5 grams of Alprozol tablets were recovered from his house during a search. However, the officials informed ANI that he was mainly arrested for his association with the Batata Gang. “Only four sleeping pills were found at my home. My wife has suffered a miscarriage and is using these pills as antidepressants,” ANI quoted Khan as saying.
According to MedlinePlus, Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorders (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks).
ANI stated that Khan was arrested after eight hours of interrogation. The NCB has raided two other places in relation to this case.
Khan’s arrest came in the wake of NCB nabbing Shadab Batata, son of Farooq Batata, one of Mumbai’s biggest drug peddler. According to Mumbai Mirror, drugs worth Rs 2 crore were recovered from Shadab Batata. The report also mentioned that Shadab Batata was associated with the drug business for a long time and would supply drugs to Hindi film celebrities.
Khan, who has previously participated in the controversial reality show Bigg Boss, was earlier charged with possession of banned narcotics substances and arrested after the Navi Mumbai’s Anti-Narcotics Cell found eight ecstasy tablets in his possession. In July 2019, he was arrested for making objectionable statements during a Facebook live session that could allegedly have caused enmity among communities. In April 2020, he was arrested for allegedly uploading an objectionable post on Facebook. In 2016, he was arrested for allegedly sending obscene photos and lewd messages to a hairstylist. Later, he was released on a bail of Rs 10,000.