8 cops hurt as foreign drug  peddlers hurl stones; 2 held

Mumbai : Two foreign nationals have been arrested late night on Thursday when the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police launched a combing operation to curb the rampant business of drug peddlers, who are mostly active in Wadi Bunder area of the city.

The sleuths have also confiscated 40 gram of high end drug i.e., cocaine worth Rs. 2.5 lakh, seven mobile phones, one electronic weighing machine and Rs. 44,000 cash from their possession.

“We had been receiving inputs of some objectionable activities of some drug peddlers in Wadi Bunder area. We conducted several surveys to authenticate the tip off. So, on the intervening night of April 28/29, we carried out combing operation to suppress their activities,” said Jt CP (Crime) Atulchandra Kulkarni, who added that at least 80 sleuths were deployed to come down heavily on narcotics.

The crime branch officials used private vehicles to reach Wadi Bunder post mid-night and formed different groups. After few minutes few foreign nationals also arrived there in different taxis. According to Kulkarni they were at least 20-25 foreign nationals and obviously they were easily distinguished.

“They were about to assemble at a BPT building (abandoned) in the area. After sensing police threat all of them started running. One of them jumped from a 30 feet height and started running on railway track towards Byculla,” informed Kulkarni.

In a bid to thwart their arrest, the drug peddlers pelted stones at the chasing sleuths of crime branch. Kulkarni said police fired 3 rounds at them but all of them, barring two, managed to flee taking the advantage of dark patches in the area. They ran away to Byculla on railway track and disappeared. “Those drug peddlers are highly comfortable with the topography of the area. They managed to give police a slip taking the advantage of jurisdictional as well as topographical benefits,” said Kulkarni.

Infunanya Ginika Minke (31) and Ique Chickwneni Emaniyal (25) have been arrested and a local court has remanded them police custody till May 07. A case has been registered against both of them at Dongri police station. Both of them have been booked under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and NDPS Act, 1985.

Meanwhile, at least 8 police officials have been injured while chasing the drug peddlers on railway track. The injured cops are recuperating in JJ Hospital and their condition is stable. Police said the 31-year-old Minke is the kingpin of this gang active in Wadi Bunder area. “He is the same person who was arrested in the same case and was in jail till April 15,” said Kulkarni, who added that his arrest will lead them to crack several other gang members involved in drug peddling racket in the city.

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