The Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) while probing the extortion calls alleged to have been made by underworld don Ravi Pujari to at least three Gujarat businessmen stumbled upon Pujari’s connection with Vicky Goswami, the husband of actress Mamta Kulkarni, who is involved in several drug trafficking cases in India and abroad. It was this connection that led the officials busting of over 1,300 kg banned ephedrine worth Rs 270 crore last week in Ahmedabad.
DCB officials said that while probing the extortion calls which led them to Pune in December last year they also found the leads of drug smuggling racket between Goswami and Kishoresingh Rathod, son of former MLA from Sami-Harji, Patan, Bhavsinh Rathod. Kishore, the alleged mastermind of this racket, is also believed to have close association with Goswami.
On April 14, the DCB busted the racket when it seized the consignment of ephedrine in Kanbha in Ahmedabad district and arrested one Narendra Kachha. The DCB revealed that Kishore, who is on the run, is allegedly the mastermind of the racket aided by Jay Mukhi, originally from Vadodara who is living in Mumbai, and one Punit. DCB officials said that Kishore, Kachha and other co-accused had travelled to Kenya where they reportedly met Goswami. Goswami is said to be in Kenya along with his wife Kulkarni for the past three years.
Besides, a meeting was also held among Kishore and other co-accused and some of the unidentified drug traffickers of Poland in Dubai.
Sources said that the accused had travelled to Dubai from Mumbai as early as on April 1 by an Emirates flight.
The investigation which is now with the Gujarat Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) has also revealed the link of a doctor identified as Bipin S Panchal, who had been arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence back in early 1990s for drug smuggling at Mumbai air cargo.
“While we were in Pune to investigate the three extortion calls made by Ravi Pujari we came to know the link of Vicky Goswami with Pujari. They are pretty close associates working for the D (Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar) gang. From Pune we went to Mumbai where we got specific information about link between Goswami and Pujari which eventually unearthed the drug trafficking racket between operated from Solapur in Maharashtra and Ahmedabad,” said a source in DCB.
Pujari is alleged to have made extortion calls to Ahmedabad-based builder Paresh Patel and Arvind Patel from Anand.
These cases have been transferred to DCB for investigation. When contacted Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCB) Deepan Bhadran refused to divulge the information but said that “certain links connecting Pujari, Goswami and Kishore has been found.”
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