Thane: An accused in the recently busted multi-crore drug racket case here has allegedly been threatened by the drug mafia in Thane jail not to turn approver in the case, the prosecution has informed a local court.
The accused, Punit Shringi, a former senior official of Avon Lifesciences Ltd who was till recently lodged in Thane Jail and is presently in custody of
Gujarat ATS, informed the police and prosecution about the threat to eliminate him if he records his statement before magistrate, Special Public
Prosecutor Shishir Hiray told the court of Special Judge and District Judge H M Patwardhan yesterday.
Hiray said this in court while contesting the bail pleas of some the accused arrested in the multi-crore drug racket involving Avon Life sciences.
Earlier, the Thane Police had told the media persons that one of the arrested persons in the case had in a statement under section 164 of CrPC given details of the modus operandi and about the crucial meetings held in Kenya and Dubai regarding the ephedrine sale.
The police were also trying to record Shrine's statement under CrPC section 164, which is crucial to the investigation in the case.
Recently, former actress Mamta Kulkarni was named as a prime accused in a multi-crore drug racket linked to drug baron Vicky Goswami, with
Mumbai Police claiming that she was actively involved in the illicit activities.
Police have initiated the process for the extradition of Kulkarni and Goswami, who are said to be in a relationship and are currently based in Kenya.
Shringi is a key link in the drug cartel, as the operation and the work of processing raw ephedrine and its transportation was allegedly supervised by him.
In all, there were 17 accused in the case, of whom seven were still at large. The remaining 10 were arrested and are now in judicial custody.
The drug racket came to light when police seized around 18.5 tonne of ephedrine, worth approximately Rs 2,000 crore, after raiding the premises of
Avon Lifesciences Ltd in Maharashtra's Solapur district in April.
According to police, ephedrine, which is a controlled drug, was allegedly being diverted from the Solapur unit of Avon Life sciences and sent abroad after processing.
The ephedrine powder is used for sniffing and is also used to produce popular party drug methamphetamine.