KATHMANDU — Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni is being investigated by Indian police for her alleged role as a central figure in an international drug smuggling ring, Indian media reported on Thursday.
Mamta Kulkarni and her Kenya-based husband Vicky Goswami have gone under the scanner of police and enforcement agencies in connection with a INRs 2,000-crore narcotics racket unearthed in Thane, a senior police officer said.
The investigation was launched after Indian police seized 20 tons of the of the contraband ephedrine drug being smuggled into the country earlier this month, reports said.
The development came as investigators revealed on Wednesday that Mamta’s husband Goswami was the kingpin of the drug operation.
In a tip-off by the United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) earlier, Goswami was listed as a prime suspect in the investigation. He was arrested for drug trafficking in Dubai 1997 and served 15 years in a jail there.
But police are now also investigating Mamta’s role as the face of the international drug cartel.
According to Indian media reports quoting an unnamed police officer, Mamta’s husband used the former actress meet clients in Dubai, Singapore, South Africa and the US.
She also allegedly struck business deals with drug networks in Maharashtra, while her name was also used to carry out bank transactions.Follow @gorkhapost
Flood sweeps away bridge at Barhabise
CHUTARA — Flood and landslide triggered by the incessant rainfall have swept away a concrete bridge over a local Sandi stream at Barhabise bazaar last night.
It has resulted in disruption of vehicular movement, creating hassles to the people especially from Barhabise municipality and Bhotekoshi rural municipality, said Police Inspector at Area Police Office, Barhabise, Yadav Thapa.
Twenty-two houses of Barhabise bazaar area have been waterlogged after the settlement was flooded.
The Chinese government had constructed the 40-feet long bridge in 2024 BS. Mud and sands have piled up to five feet on the road sides.
Three excavators have been used to remove the landslide debris, added Thapa. Engineer at the Road Division Office, Charikot, said preparation was underway to install a bailey bridge there.Follow @gorkhapost