Ex-Actress Mamta Kulkarni Named in International Drug Racket
- Gayathri Mathivanan
- June 19, 2016, 1:48 AM
Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni has been named as an accused in Rs 2,000-crore narcotics racket, which was unearthed in Maharashtra.
On April 16, Thane Crime Branch has seized 18,627 kg of ephedrine and 2.50 tonnes of acetic anhydride, valued at more than Rs 2,000 crore in the international market, from a pharmaceutical factory in Solapur and other locations in Thane and Mumbai.
Addressing a press conference here, Thane Police Commissioner ParamBir Singh said the statements of a couple arrested in the case and inputs received from the US Drug Enforcement Agency have confirmed Mamta Kulkarni was a prime accused in the case. In all, there were 17 accused in the case, of whom seven were still at large. The remaining 10 were arrested and are now in judicial custody.
Police have initiated the process for extradition of Kulkarni and Goswami. Police will now approach Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to get an Interpol Red Corner notice issued in her name to facilitate quick deportation from Kenya.
Vicky Goswami, however, is a serial offender and his association with drugs has sent him to the prison in the past. He was imprisoned for 25 years in United Arab Emirates in 1997 for trafficking around 11.50 tonnes of Mandrax but was released in November 2012 on grounds of good conduct.
The entire drug racket first came to light when Thane Police arrested a Nigerian national in a drug case on April 18. His interrogation led police to Solapur, where they conducted raids in the premises of Avon Lifesciences.
Hundred samples of power seized from the factory were sent for chemical analysis and 50 of them were found to be ephedrine. Results of other samples were awaited, police said.
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