This reads like a crime thriller. Mumbai police arrested a man with links to several Bollywood celebrities in a narcotics haul case. The arrest has sent shivers down the spine of many Bollywood actors who, the police say, were regular clients of the man. When contacted by the press, the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of the Mumbai Police said that a racket was busted with the arrest of a 42-year-old Navi Mumbai resident who allegedly supplied banned substances to Bollywood celebrities in the western suburbs of Andheri and Juhu in Mumbai.
"We acted on a tip-off after we busted a rave party where several small time actors were present," said a police source. The raids against drugs have gathered steam after a small-time Bollywood actress Kritika Chowdhury was killed over pending payments for buying narcotics. She was found to be stabbed numerous times by criminals who visited the flat to collect payments. The killer has been arrested.
Recently, Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar wrote a tell-all interview where he admitted to taking drugs in rave parties. The recent death of actor Inder Kumar of a heart attack has also put the focus of drug abuse when several people came forward to say that he was a victim of substance abuse, along with his former girlfriend Isha Koppikar.
The Mumbai police intensified their raids on such substances and their providers. "Vivek Lulla alias Vicky, was to deliver a consignment to an accomplice near the MMRDA grounds in Bandra. ANC officials laid a trap and arrested him. Nearly 56gm of mephedrone, also known as MD or meow meow, worth Rs 1.12 lakh was seized from him. Lulla, who has been on the police radar for the last three months after a few Nigerians arrested for possession of banned substances, had identified him as the supplier. He was booked under the NDPS Act and remanded in police custody," said deputy commissioner of police (ANC) Shivdeep Lande. Police are on lookout for two women who were his carriers.
The war against drugs in Bollywood has just begun.