One Samuels supplied me with Mephedrone, says drug peddler Baby Patankar

  • Saurabh M Joshi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2015 22:19 IST

A day after her arrest, drug peddler Shashikala Patankar alias Baby told the police during questioning that a man by the name Samuels would supply Mephedrone (MD) to her.

The police said cases were registered against Samuels by the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) and he is lodged in Arthur Road jail. He was arrested two years ago by the Shahu Nagar police. According to the police, they are verifying the authenticity of Patankar’s claims that the drugs would come from outside Mumbai and the source is being searched.

Initially Patankar and dismissed police constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe kept pointing fingers at each other about the source of MD. Kalokhe was found with 112 kg of MD in Satara, while additional 12 kg were found in his cupboard at Marine Drive police station.

Kalokhe has already been in custody of the Mumbai police. The crime branch is questioning Patankar and her son, Satish. They are being questioned on the discrepancies in the statements given by Kalokhe and Patankar.

The police have found several properties owned by Patankar, including a bungalow in Malavli near Pune, a room in a Borivli chawl, a slum in Ghorpade in Pune and 10 slums in Worli’s Siddharth Nagar. They said the attachment of the properties, which have been bought with ill-gotten money will begin soon.

When Patankar was arrested by the crime branch officers near Panvel on Wednesday, she was on her way to Mumbai allegedly to meet her lawyer and also possessed the vakalatnama. Her son, Girish, and his friend, Sachin Dayalkar, claimed they were accompanying her as she had health issues.

“We have found receipts of gold in her name amounting to several lakhs but are yet to find any gold,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner and Mumbai police spokesperson.

Patankar’s cars leased to IT dept
Of the three cars Shashikala alias Baby Patankar owns, two –a sedan and an SUV – have been leased out as tourist vehicles to the Income Tax (IT) department for the past six months. Patankar is the proprietor of Saurabh Tours and Travels, a business of renting out four-wheelers, where her sons work as drivers

From milk vendor to drug queen
Originally from Ratnagiri, Patankar was a milk vendor in 1980’s. The 54-year-old, who allegedly introduced Mephedrone (MD) in Mumbai, started with dealing in marijuana and brown sugar before MD

Owner of a number of properties, Patankar lives in a four-room house, at Worli’s Siddharth Nagar slums, with sons Satish and Girish, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. She has five brothers - Arjun, Kisan, Bharat, Vasant and Shatrughan alias Badsha Peer Khan. While Bharat and Vasant are no more, Kisan is lodged in Kalyan jail in a murder case for which Arjun and Shatrughan have served jail sentences.

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