Hyderabad: Following the news of Aryan Khan's arrest on 3 October 2021, Sameer Wankhede, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) zonal director and the official who unearthed the Bollywood drug nexus, rose to fame. Hours after Aryan was detained for questioning, people started going crazy over the name Sameer Wankhede.

According to Google Trends, on 4 October 2021, Google search for Sameer Wankhede reached its peak (Google Trends value of 100 at 4 October 2021, 00:30 hours).

According to Google, a value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half popular. A score of zero means there is not enough data for this term.

A majority of the searches were from three regions of the country - Maharashtra, Delhi, and Karnataka. The highest proportion of queries came from Maharashtra (with a Google Trends value of 100) followed by Karnataka and Delhi with a Google Trends value of 89% and 36%, respectively.

As Sameer Wankhede is Marathi actor Kranti Redkar's spouse, most of the searches read Sameer Wankhede-Kranti Redkar's husband. Other related top searches included Kranti Redkar, Aryan Khan-Actor and Narcotics Control Bureau. Interestingly, many people also searched for Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Mumbai although it had nothing to do with Sameer Wankhede. The stadium was named after Sheshrao Wankhede, Bombay Cricket Association's the then president barrister.

Aryan Khan and 11 others were arrested on 3 October in connection with the seizure of banned drugs from a cruise ship. On Wednesday, a BJP worker was also found to be involved in the case following which the Opposition has asked for a higher-level inquiry into the case. Sameer Wankhede was also a part of the investigation of the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh.

Nimisha S Pradeep

Hailing from Palakkad, Kerala, Nimisha completed her MA in Communication (with a specialization in Print and New Media) from the University of Hyderabad. She has interned with The Hindu Metroplus, Chennai and The Sentinel, Assam. She was a fellow of the NFI Fellowship for Independent Journalists in 2021. In 2015, she attended the Jenesys Student Exchange Programme in Japan. She firmly believes in the power of words and the impact it can make on society. She looks forward to using her career in journalism to voice the issues of minorities. Her interest areas include gender, women and society. She pursues travel, photography, and music in her leisure time.

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