The accused who were arrested in the drug sale case wanted to start a drug manufacturing factory in Pune like Nashik. However, the police investigation revealed that their racket was foiled.
Accused Imran Shaikh alias Atiq Amir Khan from Kurla and accused Harishchandra Pant from Bhoisar have been arrested by Pune Police on Wednesday (15th November) in this crime. The duo, along with the accused, who were arrested in this case and are currently in judicial custody, were re-arrested as per Mokka through production warrant. When all these accused were produced in the MCOCA court on Wednesday, the police gave this information to the court. The accused have been sent to police custody till November 20.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that Pant was actively involved in training, manufacturing and sales in the Mephedrone manufacturing plant running at MIDC, Nashik. He was doing this work at the behest of Lalit Patil and gang leader Arvind Lohare. It has been found that Imran Shaikh alias Atiq Ameer Khan was sold by the accused in Mumbai. Therefore, the police have arrested both of them.
Lohare holds a master’s degree in chemistry. He has given the formula and training to other members of the gang to make the petrol narcotic. The extent of this crime seems to have spread across the districts of Nashik Nagar, Mumbai and Pune. Apart from this, the gang has sold drugs outside the state.
Subhash Janki Mandal, Rauf Rahim Sheikh, Bhushan Patil, Abhishek Balakawade, Arvindkumar Lohare and Pragya Kamble, who are in judicial custody, have been detained by the police from Yerawada Jail, Rehan alias Golu from Taloja Jail, Zeeshan Iqbal Shaikh from Arthur Road Jail through production warrant. All these accused were produced in the court.
Pragya Kamble had applied for bail in this crime. The public prosecutor opposed it. Lalit Patil, Abhishek Balakwade and Bhushan Patil have paid Pragya for her livelihood and to buy a four-wheeler and a mobile phone from the money from the sale of drugs. She has been recaptured under MCOCA.
(Source – Sakal)