The Special Investigative Team (SIT) of the Navi Mumbai police nabbed 'matka' (gambling) king Suresh Bhagat — wanted in a Rs 6 crore morphine seizure in Vashi in September 2005 — in Malad on Saturday night.
Bhagat has been absconding after the court rejected his bail application. There are at least seven cases of gambling and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS) registered against him in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai.
According to Deputy Commissioner of Police Amar Jadhav, "Last year in September, we raided Bhagat's flat in Vashi and recovered 2.9 kg of morphine, internationally valued at Rs 6 crore. Bhagat had then applied for anticipatory bail that was rejected. Soon after, he went absconding."
Based on a tip off, a SIT squad led by Senior Police Inspector Bharat Shelke, PSI Chandrakant Landge and PSI Sambhaji nabbed Bhagat from a house in Malad (west) that belongs to one Rajiv Desai. "We are questioning Desai, who claims to be Bhagat's friend and associated with the film industry, to find out if he was in anyway connected with Bhagat's activities," said Jadhav.
Bhagat who was produced before a holiday court in CBD Belapur was sent to a day's police custody and will be produced in the regular court on Monday. "Now that we have got him, we shall ensure that we get more details about his operations," said Jadhav.
In September 2005 Bhagat was also involved in a drugs case in Kalamboli for which he got bail. Soon after he was held for the Vashi drugs seizure but was refused anticipatory bail and went absconding.
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