Vicky Goswami, the main accused in the Rs2,000-crore ephedrine haul case, allegedly had a heated argument with Akasha brothers — with whom he used to deal in drugs — a day before he was arrested. Sources claimed that during the argument, both the parties allegedly shot dead each other’s body guards.
Apparently, apart from Goswami, Ibrahim Akasha and Baktash Akasha, a Pakistani drug dealer Ghulam Hussein was also involved in the duel that occurred on January 27.
According to a source, the Kenya police and the United States (US) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from Kenya got a whiff of the incident after the bodyguards were rushed to the hospital. The next day when Goswami, Hussein and Akasha brothers met at a golf course to resolve their dispute, a police team along with DEA officials nabbed them.
Initially they were arrested on the basis of the murder of the two body guards. During investigation, however, the accused revealed that they were drug lords and were taken to the US for further probe. Meanwhile, the DEA officials maintained constant communication with the Thane police and shared information related to the Ephedrine drug haul in which Goswami emerged as the main accused.
“All four were arrested for drug trafficking. They have been running the business for several years. We are in touch with DEA and have been sharing all the details of the case regularly”, said a senior police officer from Thane commissionerate office. “We have WhatsApp records between the arrested accused and those who are wanted in the case and CCTV footage of the hotel where the meeting regarding the ephedrine drug was held. In it the accused are seen discussing ways to transport it,” the officer added.
Goswami’s wife, former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni, is also wanted in the drug haul case. On January 9, nine months after the haul, the Gujarat police arrested the kingpin in India Kishoresingh Rathod who is the son of an MLA.
“Rathod was in regular touch with Kulkarni and Goswami. He calls Kulkarni ‘bhabhi (sister in law)’,” said an officer from the Thane crime branch.