Mumbai, June 18: Former Bollywood beauty Mamata Kulkarni has been named as an accused in a drug racket by the Thane police. In fact, it is also said that Mamata Kulkarni and her husband Vicky Goswami have connections with a few people in the Bollywood.
Vicky Goswami has been named as the kingpin of the International Drug network. Paramveer Singh from thane police said, "According to the new evidences, Mamta Kulkarni (former actor) is now also an accused. We will send a request to Interpol for red corner notice against Mamta Kulkarni through CBI. We are verifying her bank accounts and investments. Her husband Vicky Goswami is already an accused."
A total of 18.5 tonne of Ephedrine and 2.5 tonne of acetic anhydride has been seized by the Thane police in April and Goswami has been named as the prime accused here. He is on bail in a case where he was arrested by the Kenyan police officials. He will soon be extradited from Kenya.
However, Goswami is unwilling to come to India, fearing kidnapping by USA's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that has been pressurising India to extradite him.
The racket unravelled with the arrest of Sipren Chinassa, a Nigerian national, who was caught with 500g of ephedrine and who led the cops to the manufacturing units in Solpaur. This further led the cops to Sagar Powale and Mayur Sukhdare, who were caught with 2 kg of ephedrine. This was followed by the arrest of Dhaneshwar Swamy with 5.50kg of ephedrine powder.
A crime branch official said, "Members and directors of the company were directly connected to the Kenyan drug mafia king Vicky Goswami. Earlier, too, they had not disclosed the amount of drug that was being manufactured at the company."
He further added, "The accused were planning to arrange a unit at Mombasa in Kenya were they can turn ephedrine into methamphetamine which is costlier in the international market. The Gujarat and Maharashtra police are working on this drug cartel while we have found that 4-5 persons are still absconding. We will arrest them soon."
Meanwhile, Goswami also claimed that Mamata Kulkarni was just a well-wisher and not his wife.