Four more policemen, including the two who helped drug dealer Shashikala Patankar trap her boyfriend and constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe in a drug seizure case, are under the scanner for their suspected involvement in helping her in drug trade, claim sources. This is apart from the long list of policemen who allegedly took protection money (hafta) from Patankar.
According to sources, the policemen — suspended inspector Gautam Gaikwad from Nashik, sub-inspector SK Sarang from Mumbai anti-narcotics cell (ANC), constable Parte from special branch 1 and ASI Mane from the anti-extortion cell — were found to be close to Patankar.
While Gaikwad, whose in-laws live in Siddharth Nagar that houses Patankar’s den, allegedly wanted to invite Patankar for a Vipassana course, Mane reportedly gave her inside information.
According to crime branch officials, Parte recently made more than 150 calls to Patankar. Gaikwad showed Kalokhe’s Satara residence to Parte, who then tipped off the Satara police with the help of informer Asif Rafiq. At the time of the raid, Parte was present in Satara.
A crime branch officer said while the role of the duo in setting up the trap for Kalokhe has been established, their criminal involvement is yet to be ascertained. “The policemen have been questioned earlier. We will question them again. If they are found guilty, action will be taken against them,” said Atulchandra Kulkarni, joint commissioner of police (crime).
Meanwhile, the Mumbai crime branch has obtained the custody of G Samuel, in for allegedly supplying drugs to Patankar. Samuel was lodged in the Arthur Road jail in connection with a narcotics case.
According to police sources, Samuels, who has been in the business for years, met Patankar several times near Pune.