Officials say Shashikala alias Baby Ramesh Patankar had turned informer and told the police about the Marine Drive constable who was caught with 122 kg of mephedrone as she wanted to teach him a lesson after differences cropped up between them
The constable who was caught with 122 kilograms of mephedrone, also known as meow meow and MD, was allegedly sold out by his drug dealer girlfriend, investigations have revealed.
Officials said constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe and Shashikala were in a relationship since 1996
Officials said Shashikala alias Baby Ramesh Patankar turned informer and told the cops about constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe (52) being in possession of large quantities of the recently banned psychotropic substance to earn brownie points with the police and to teach Kalokhe a lesson after differences cropped up between them.
Shashikala’s move backfired and she herself is wanted and on the run. Kalokhe, a Marine Drive police constable, was arrested by the Satara police on Monday with 110 kilograms of mephedrone from his family house in Satara. Another 12 kg of the drug, 12 grams of opium and Rs 32,000 were recovered from Kalokhe’s locker in the Marine Drive police station.
The police said Kalokhe knew Shashikala alias Baby Ramesh Patankar since 1996 and they were in a relationship since then. Shashikala’s husband, Ramesh, had died before this and she got into the drug business after his death. The Worli Narcotics unit had carried out a raid on her house in February, after which she panicked and started selling off and moving the drugs.
MD being brought under the ambit of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act got her more worried and she decided to get rid of her stock of drugs. Officials said she spoke to Kalokhe and asked him to strike a major deal so that she could stop selling drugs after that.
“She used Kalokhe and, to earn brownie points from cops and to get rid of him, informed the narcotics cell of the Mumbai Crime Branch that he was in possession of a huge consignment of drugs in Satara.
But when officers from the Anti-Narcotics Cell asked senior police officers for permission to raid the house on Sunday, they were told to wait for four days on humanitarian grounds as Kalokhe had said in his leave application that his father had died and he wanted to carry out his last rites,” said a police officer from the narcotics cell of the Mumbai Crime Branch.
“She was also hoping that the narcotics cell would go easy on her, since she had provided the information,” added the officer. The narcotics cell officers, however, informed the Satara police on Monday, which then carried out the raid.
“We suspect that the woman had to pay money to Kalokhe and there were some differences between them, which led her to take the decision of getting him trapped and informing the cops through a third person,” said the officer.
“She used to sell drugs for some time and there would be lull periods before she took it up again. She was last arrested in 2001 for selling brown sugar,” said a police officer from the Anti-Narcotics Cell.
Officials said Shashikala was also allegedly behind the arrest of Deputy Superintendent of Police Ashok Dhavale in 2011, who was held for allegedly possessing 1.5 kg of heroin in Worli.
He had allegedly brought the consignment to deliver it to her, but she informed the cops about him to be in their good books. She then turned hostile in court, leading to Dhavale being cleared of the charges.