After facing flak over the seizure of Mephedrone, which turned out to be ajinomoto or monosodium glutamate (MSG), a food additive, the crime branch finally got permission to collect fresh samples to be sent to a central forensic sciences laboratory (CFSL), in connection with the Shashikala Patankar drug case.
The police will collect fresh samples from the 12-kg Mephedrone (MD) contraband seized from the cupboard of arrested constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe inside Marine Drive police station on March 10. The crime branch will collect fresh samples on August 3, the police said.
The process of collecting samples will be conducted in the presence of court authorities and the police said it would be sent for analysis to the Hyderabad CFSL.
“As 12 packets of the alleged MD seized, we will collect 12 fresh samples and send them for analysis. The investigation had come to a standstill as all arrested accused are in judicial custody and the report of the state FSL had said that the seized material was MSG,” said a crime branch officer.
The investigators are hoping it turns out to be MD, as the earlier samples which were collected by the Marine Drive police station turned out to be MSG.
Earlier, the arrested accused, including five policemen, had opposed the collection of fresh samples claiming that the forensic report had already confirmed that it was not MD.
The crime branch then stated that it was a rare case involving a nexus of policemen and drug peddlers and hence they should be allowed to collect fresh samples to take the probe to its logical conclusion.
The seizure from the police station came a day after the Satara police seized around 112kg of alleged MD from Kalokhe’s residence in Kanehri village. Incidentally, even samples of the 112-kg seizure turned out to be MSG.