Mumbai : The Thane crime branch sleuths have frozen at least eight bank accounts of former film actress Mamta Kulkarni in Gujarat and Mumbai amounting to more than Rs 90 lakh in connection with the ephedrine drug cartel.According to a senior police official, all the eight bank accounts were frozen this week as part of the probe in the case.

“We have discovered that Kulkarni held a sum of Rs 67 lakh in a single account at a private bank in Malad.Rs 26 lakhs were also seized from seven other bank accounts at Kalyan, Badlapur, Thane, Parel, Nariman Point, Dharavi, Rajkot and Bhuj in Gujarat,”added the official.

Meanwhile, the crime branch sleuths  are interrogating  Molina Mukund Kulkarni, the elder sister of Mamta, Sanjay Sharma , the  manager who used to operate Mamta’ s accounts, and others who dealt with the bank payments. The police have approached authorities to get details of properties owned by the accused.

At present, there are 17 accused in the case of whom 10 were arrested and rest are absconding. The police have already filed charge sheet in the Thane district court against the arrested accused. The arrested accused are Sagar Suresh Powle, Mayur Suresh Sukhdhare, Rajendra Jagdamba Prasad Dimri, Dhaneshwar Rajaram Swami, Puneet Ramesh Shringi, Manoj Tejraj Jain, Hardipsingh Indersingh Gill, Narendra Dhirajlal Kacha, Babasaheb Shankar Dhotre and Jai Mulji Mukhi.

The arrests were made when police seized around 18.5 tonne of ephedrine, worth approximately Rs 2,000 crore, after raiding the premises of Avon Lifesciences Ltd in Solapur district in April.

Kulkarni along with her husband Vicky Goswami is accused of operating an international drug cartel worth Rs 2,000 crore from Kenya.

Vicky Goswami is allegedly the mastermind of a drug cartel involving smuggling of drugs made in a factory near Mumbai supplied to USA and Kenya where the couple is based. Goswami was arrested in the year 2014.

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