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Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni under scrutiny for connections to drug cartel

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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.

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Government not serious in resolving Nirmala Panta’s case: Gagan Thapa

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR— Nepali Congress youth leader and lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa has alleged that the government was not serious about finding the perpetrators of the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta, a 13-year-old girl from Bhimduttanagar Municipality-2, Kanchanpur.

Leader Thapa was speaking in a meeting with the party workers at the Nepali Congress party district office here this morning. He said people’s trust towards the government was waning due to its nonchalance in providing justice in the Nirmala Panta’s case.

He also accused the government of not working as per the people’s aspiration despite the formation of a stable government after a long wait.

After the meeting with the party workers, Thapa met with Nirmala’s parents who are staging a sit-in in front of the District Administration Office for last two weeks demanding justice.

“Please, take care of your health. I will relay your message to the Prime Minister and the president of the Nepali Congress, the main opposition party in parliament,” he assured Nirmala’s grieving parents.

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