Drug mafia Shashikala Patankar had approached two officers of Mumbai police before contacting senior inspector Suhas Gokhale to get her boyfriend, constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe, arrested, investigations have revealed.
Gokhale, posted at the Azad Maidan Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC), was arrested along with suspended inspector Gautam Gaikwad, sub-inspector Sudhakar Sarang of the Mumbai ANC, assistant sub-inspector Jyotiram Mane of the anti-extortion cell and head constable Yeshwant Parte of the special Branch-1 on Friday, on charges of helping Patankar avoid arrest and for dereliction of duty.
The five have been remanded in police custody till June 4.
Patankar had approached two inspectors, who earlier worked in the crime branch, through Gaikwad, said police sources. One of the two inspectors had even taken money from her, but did not act against Kalokhe.
The two inspectors refused to comply with Patankar’s demand as they knew she could not be trusted. In 2011, the drug don allegedly put 1.5kg heroin in the police vehicle of Ashok Dhavale, deputy superintendent of police, at Worli.
After the two did not help her, Patankar approached Gokhale. He, however, was not allowed to raid Kalokhe’s house by his seniors, because they believed he had gone to perform his father’s last rites. She then decided to get the work done through the Satara police, by tipping them off with the help of Mane, Parte and Sarang.
Another source said the police have found phone numbers of more policemen who were in contact with Patankar directly and indirectly. Their dealings with Patankar are being probed.