'Because his surname is Khan': Mehbooba Mufti's communal twist to drugs probe against SRK's son Aryan
Mufti chastised the BJP-led federal government for pursuing Aryan Khan rather than Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra's son, Ashish, who is suspected of mowing down farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri.
The drugs case involving Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan took a communal turn when People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti took to social media to allege that the actor's son was being targeted because of his surname. She chastised the BJP-led federal government for pursuing Aryan Khan rather than Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra's son, Ashish, who is suspected of mowing down farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, the leader said: "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."
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) apprehended Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan when he was captured during a narcotics operation onboard a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai. Despite the fact that he did not have any narcotics on him, his bail request was refused in court. He is now lodged at Arthur Road until his next bail hearing on October 13.
On the other side, Ashish Mishra, the son of MoS Ajay Mishra, was detained on Saturday night, about six days after violence erupted during a farmers' protest in Lakhimpur Kheri. Following claims that he was in one of the cars that drove into protesting farmers, he was identified in an FIR.
The violence in Lakhimpur Kheri, which killed eight people, sparked a political slugfest in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, with the governing BJP on the defensive as opposition parties accused it of failing to take fast action against the culprits and sheltering MoS Ajay Mishra and his son.
The arrest came after the Supreme Court issued a harsh censure and raised concerns about VIP treatment of an accused. The opposition parties have been vociferous about the incident amid widespread indignation. The ruling partners in the Maha Vikas Aghadi administration have announced a strike in Maharashtra today to protest the death of farmers.