Thursday, March 26, 2015

`Kalokhe giving various versions'

Mumbai: The Marine Drive police, interrogating constable Dharma Kalokhe in connection with possession of drugs, said Kalokhe has made several claims, including that the 12kg mephedrone found in his official cupboard was given by a customs officer.
Kalokhe was arrested by the Satara police on March 9 and 110kg of the drug was recovered from his hometown. A police team searched his official cupboard in the Marine Drive police station and found 12kg of the drug and two liquor bottles. Foreign currencies were recovered from Kalokhe.
He was produced before the Esplanade court on Wednesday and remanded in police custody till April 1.

“He has been changing his version. He said he came in contact with a drug peddler, Baby Patankar, in 1996, while he was with Worli police station and had a relationship with her,“ said an officer.
Kalokhe told investigators that Baby was in trouble with a customs official and wanted to hide a chemical, so she handed it to him a month ago. “He also named another constable, `Mane' from another branch, who was to originally keep the chemicals,“ the officer said.

Kalokhe had brought the 12kg consignment worth Rs 2.4 crore in instalments to the police station. “Last month, Kalokhe travelled with Baby to Goa and later transported the drugs to Satara. Kalokhe told police that Baby had fought with his wife and might have tipped off the police. We have also frozen four fixed deposits of Baby for Rs 1.4 crore,“ the officer said. -

 Mateen Hafeez


The Times of India, March 26, 2015

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