Why Investigative Agencies are pursuing drug connection in SSR’s death mystery?

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With the arrest of Shauvik Charavarty and Samuel Miranda, key persons associated with Late Sushant Singh’s death mystery, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation have significantly proceeded forward to work out the entire death mystery. As more arrests are on the cards in this case with a view to unfold the suspected drug connection with the SSR’s suspicious demise, wherein few influential figures coming from Bollywood, politics, police and underworld are said to be involved, as per media reports.

While Shauvik was arrested by the NCB under Section 20(b), 28, 29, 27(A) of NDPS Act on finding links of drug supply wherein Ria was also involved, as proved by the whatsapp chats between the brother and sister which further disclosed that drug was to be administered to someone whose name though did not figure therein except an alluding code word that media reported, so was Samuel Miranda – SSR’s manager – also involved in this illegal and unethical drug supply chain. Further, the NCB has also arrested few drug dealers viz Kaijan Ibrahim, Abdul Basit and Jaid Vilatra followed by Depesh Sawant, who was also said to be involved in the chain.

The interrogation of these arrested persons, as the NCB has obtained their remand from the local court in Mumbai, shall very likely uncover many important clandestine information pertaining to the real motive and the involved persons in the case which may conclusively prove the exact reasons of SSR’s death and may also establish the responsibility of the involved persons in the case. Similarly, the ongoing interrogation of Ria Chakravarty by the NCB may help-unfold the unresolved drug angle at SSR’s suspected death because she is repeatedly changing her statements before the investigative agencies. It is yet to be ascertained by the investigating agencies as to why Ria sought drugs with the help of his brother Shauvik and Samuel Miranda who had links with Depesh Sawant for this purpose and many more onwards.

This is very pertinent to fix as SSR’s autopsy had not been conducted according to the standard operation procedure, as media had reported about the lapses, and that obviously leads to suspicion over the mysterious death of the deceased actor. In fact, the drug angle and money laundering have already landed Ria into more suspicion because SSR’s father, as per media reports, had publically accused her for abetting his son towards drugs and secretly siphoning off around Rs.15 crore from his (SSR’s) personal account. Further, SSR had also instituted few companies by investing his huge personal income wherein Shauvik was also a partner along with few others. All these aspects indicating misappropriation of the late actor’s income, possibly for money laundering, is also being investigaed by the Enforcement Directorate and the NCB, according to the media reports, with a view to establish the possibility of deliberate misuse of Sushant’s earnings by Ria and Shauvik and their accomplices.

Thus all the three investigating agencies are hectically pursuing the case from different angles to connect various links related to the death of the actor and drug supply including money laundering into coherent evidences so as to arrive at conclusive proof to fix the exact reason/s behind SSR’s death, accompanied by the drug connection and also that of the money laundering creeping in the Bollywood involving high profile personalities and possibly the underworld, according to the media news. In fact, the usage of drugs among younger generations continues to be a chronic problem not only in India but all over the whole world as these contrabands are sold among youths in a very clandestine manner by the well-founded and vastly spread networks involving many wrong doers, criminals and their powerful patrons who have their presence and clout among Bollywood, politicians and police, thereby earning surprisingly big income. Because these psychotropic drugs, available with code names, in fact provide temporary respite to the misguided and escapist youths by causing delusionary effects into their brains, who gradually become used to such chemicals to enjoy living in illusion or a kind of hallucination. One can remember the sudden spurt of a typical hippy culture in all over the world during seventies in the previous century which was marked by the drug abuse among young men and women that was boldly depicted by the Bollywood in its film “Hare Krishna, Hare Ram.” Obviously, such habitual misuse of these drugs – though these are already categorized as contrabands – which are to be used exclusively for medical purposes under qualified doctors only, must be effectively stopped forthwith in order save our younger generations falling prey to addiction, thereby ruining their future and precious lives and also that of the country. In fact, they are the precious wealth of any country as a nation. It is indeed upon them that the future of a country rests. Hence, their proper upbringing with inculcation of eternal and universal moral values among them is the utmost responsibility of the civil society as well as that of the state. This is possible as nothing is beyond human endeavour.

Disclaimer: The article has been prepared with the help of media reports and has no intention to harm or malign any one or any institution, whatsoever.

 

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Sudhanshu Tripathi

Sudhanshu Tripathi

A featured weekly contributor with The Dispatch, Sudhanshu Tripathi is a Professor in Political Science and Director at School of Social Sciences in Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Prayagraj (UP), India. He is author India’s Foreign Policy: Dilemma over Non Alignment 2.0 (2020), NAM and India (2012) and a co-authored book in Hindi Rajnitik Avadharnayein (2001) and have published besides numerous articles and research papers. He was awarded with the SaraswatSamman by Pt. S. R. Institute of Education and Technology (PG College), Pratapgarh (UP), on “Shikshak Divas” (Teacher’s Day) in 2016 and was also honouredthe same in 2019 by Lion’s Club Allahabad Central at UPRTOU, Prayagaraj. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Third Concept journal. The author actively participates in social activities as well. He organized a mass awareness rally in 2011, in the wake of Anna Hazare’s ongoing fast unto death against corruption in New Delhi. He was the President of the Teacher’s Association in MDPG College, Pratapgarh, (UP), during 2013–2017 and was also the Vice-President of the Shikshak Mahasangh in the district unit of Pratapgarh during almost the same period.