Seven policemen were injured while trying to bust a gang of alleged drug peddlers in Wadi Bunder early Saturday morning.
The police were trying to apprehend about 20 peddlers, all reportedly from various African countries. After a long chase that began at the overbridge connecting Wadi Bunder and Dongri at 12.15 am on Friday, two of them could be nabbed, while the rest managed to flee.
According to Crime Branch sleuths, the arrested accused have been identified as Infunanya Ginika Minke (37) and Ique Chikwneni Emaniyal (24), both Nigerian nationals. Minke and Emaniyal were found with 20 grams of cocaine each, that amounts to more than Rs 2.4 lakh.
Elaborating on the case, Atulchandra Kulkarni, joint commissioner of police (Crime) said residents of Wadi Bunder have till date filed several complaints against the suspected drug peddlers. “We formed several teams of Crime Branch officers from various units. When we approached the area, all the peddlers started running on the railway tracks towards Byculla,” Kulkarni said.
“We chased them on foot on the tracks but only two could be nabbed. The group attacked us with stones, and we had to fire three shots in the air to counter that,” said an officer who was injured in the process.
“There is a four-storey Mumbai Port Trust building in Wadi Bunder where the men had been staying for several months. We have not recovered anything from there but are making further inquires with those arrested to find the drug trail,” said an investigator.
The suspects are believed to be dealing in cocaine and are involved in distributing it even to other cities in the country. About three months ago, around the same place where the incident took place, the Anti-Narcotics Cell of the Mumbai Police had arrested five African nationals and had recovered nearly 210 grams of cocaine.
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