Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti came down heavily on the central agencies and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday over the arrest of Aryan Khan, the son of superstar Shahrukh Khan, in the infamous Mumbai cruise drugs case.
The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party leader claimed that Aryan was being targeted by law enforcement agencies because of his surname.
The politician said that the arrest of Aryan was a "travesty of justice", comparing it with the instance of a Union Minister of State Ajay Misra’s son, Ashish who allegedly ran over four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh.
“Instead of making an example out of a Union Minister’s son accused of killing four farmers, central agencies are after a 23-year-old simply because his surname happens to be Khan. Travesty of justice that Muslims are targeted to satiate the sadistic wishes of BJPs core vote bank,” Mufti said in a tweet.
Aryan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau after being detained during a drugs bust on board a Cordelia Cruise ship, which was on its way to Goa, off the coast of Mumbai. While he did not have any drugs in his possession, his bail plea has been denied in court for the third time on Monday. He is currently lodged in Arthur Road prison till his next bail hearing on October 13.
On the other hand, Ashish was arrested on Saturday night, six days after violence broke out during a farmers' protest in Lakhimpur Kheri. Eight people, included four farmers and a local journalist, died during the violence.
He was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that run over the protesting farmers from behind on October 3. Ashish has been sent to three-day police custody on Monday.