Ephedrine drug racket: Mamta Kulkarni escaped to Dubai, claims Thane police

Mumbai: Mamta Kulkarni, former Bollywood starlet, is wanted by the law enforcement agencies in India. According to the media reports, Mamta may have escaped to Dubai after her husband Vicky Goswami was nabbed by the US’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from Kenya in February.

Both are wanted by the Thane police in an international Ephedrine drug racket case. Ephedrine is a chemical used to manufacture narcotics. Recently, a special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act court declared Kulkarni and Goswami proclaimed offenders and ordered to attach their properties.

“The DEA laid a trap to arrest Goswami from Kenya. Kulkarni was also present at the spot. But while the agency took Goswami and the other three into their custody, they did not apprehend Kulkarni,” said a Thane police officer. “After Goswami’s arrest, she fled to Dubai,” he said to the Indian Express, adding investigators believe Kulkarni was no longer in Dubai and might have fled from the UAE.

A senior official told The Indian Express it was highly unlikely the DEA would let Indian agencies get Goswami’s custody in the near future. “Goswami is wanted by the Thane police. However, he is currently in the custody of the DEA and is charged with an offence that attracts a minimum punishment of 20 years. In this scenario, it looks highly unlikely he would be brought to book by Indian agencies,” the official said.

The Thane police had had busted an “international drug racket” last year after seizing ephedrine worth Rs 2,000 crore from the Solapur facility of pharmaceutical company Avon Lifesciences Limited.

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