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Drug cartel in US net; Bollywood, Dawood and Indian pharma Co links emerge

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New Delhi, Sep 11 In one of the biggest drug rackets unearthed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of US, the Indian connection has led to a former aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and a pharmaceutical company allegedly operating from India, where drugs like mandrax and ephedrine were being manufactured. The overarching investigation also involves husbands of two former Bollywood actresses, charged with international drug trafficking originating from Kenya.

The investigation report filed by DEA in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York on July 25, 2019, mentions the name of D-company aide Vicky Goswami, husband of Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni and Ali Punjani, ex-husband of another Bollywood star Kim Sharma.

Incidentally, Ali Punjani, escaped from Kenya to Mumbai where he was last spotted in Bandra’s Asian Heart Institute in the last week of August. The Mombasa (Kenya) police confirmed to IANS on phone that Punjani was wanted in a drug case. The Mombasa police is now approaching Interpol to detain Punjani in India.

The report of the DEA reveals that Vicky Goswami, a druglord working for the D-company in South Africa, later shifted his base to Kenya from where he smuggled huge quantities of mandrax, cocaine, hashish, heroine and ephedrine. He initially worked for the Ibrahim Akasha syndicate in Mombasa and later partnered with Ali Punjani, alleged drug kingpin and husband of Kim Sharma.

The report also mentions that Dawood aide Goswami, husband of Mamta Kulkarni, was sentenced by a Dubai court on charges of drug peddling. In 2013, after being released from jail, Goswami shifted base to Kenya where he came in contact with Ali Punjani. The report says Goswami also approached one Indian, Dr Bipin Panchal. In Mombasa a meeting was held between Dr Panchal and Goswami wherein Dr Panchal assured that he will arrange supply of ephedrine from a pharmaceutical company in India. The consignment would then be taken to Uganda where it would be turned into methamphetamine.

DEA sleuths revealed that when the Indian company, reportedly manufacturing ephedrine, was checked, it was shut down. The name of the company is not being mentioned in this report as IANS could not verify the names of its proprietors.

The report says that undercover agents of DEA launched a sting operation and recorded a drug deal with Goswami and Ibrahim Akasha. With evidence in hand, DEA got Goswami and members of the Akasha syndicate arrested in Mombasa who were later extradited to the US. Later Goswami turned an approver and spilled the beans on the kingpin of Akasha syndicate.

Goswami also revealed names of South African peddlers, many of them having close ties with Dawood Ibrahim gang. Meanwhile, Kenyan police is making efforts to approach Mumbai police through Interpol, to arrest Ali Punjani who was last reportedly undergoing surgery in a Mumbai hospital. A source in the Mumbai police said that as of now, Ali Punjani is not wanted in any case in Mumbai, therefore no legal action can be taken against him.

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Britney Spears gets injured while dancing

The photos show Britney in good spirits as she sits on a hospital bed in a gown.

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Los Angeles, Feb 19 : Singer Britney Spears was hospitalised after a dance move went wrong.

The 38-year-old was left with a fractured metatarsal bone and her foot in plaster. Her boyfriend, Sam Ashghari, shared photos of the star in a hospital on his Instagram page, reports mirror.co.uk.

He revealed that the singer had fractured one of a “group of five long bones in the foot, located between the tarsal bones of the hind – and mid-foot and the phalanges of the toes”.

Posting several photos and videos of themselves in hospital, Sam showed that Britney was laid up in the emergency room with a cast on her foot, on which the word “stronger” had been written.

Captioning the photos on Instagram, Sam wrote: “When you break something it tends to heal stronger specially when you’re my Girl. My lioness broke her metatarsal bone on her foot doing what she loves which is dancing.”

He continued: “Wishing her the best recovery so she can jump, run, and dance her butt off #stronger.”

The photos show Britney in good spirits as she sits on a hospital bed in a gown.

It is uncertain how long that the singer was in hospital, and how long her recovery time will be, but photos have surfaced online of Britney walking around in a boot, which could indicate that the accident may have happened last week.

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Bhumi, Kiara go topless for calendar shoot

Actress Sunny Leone, who gave updates on social media from the calendar’s launch event, is seen sitting with her legs crossed and holding a big book with no clothes on.

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Mumbai, Feb 18 : Actresses Bhumi Pednekar and Kiara Advani showed their bold avatar in a new calendar shoot.

Celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani has unveiled the latest edition of his celebrity calendar.

Bhumi also took to social media to post the photo in which she is posing on the bathtub sans clothes. She captioned it: “July 2020 #dabbooratnanicalendar.”

Kiara, on the other hand, held a banana leaf for the shoot. She captioned the photo, which she shared on social media: “A leaf out of #DabbooRatnaniCalendar! @dabbooratnani @manishadratnani.”

Actress Sunny Leone, who gave updates on social media from the calendar’s launch event, is seen sitting with her legs crossed and holding a big book with no clothes on.

Actor Vicky Kaushal too went shirtless. He is seen taking a dip in a pool in the photo.

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Colors TV on ‘fixed’ Bigg Boss 13 finale claim

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Mumbai, Feb 18 : Colors TV issued a statement after a woman claimed that she quit her job at the channel after the “fixed” finale of Salman Khan-hosted show “Bigg Boss 13”.

“We at Colors would like to clarify that the individual who goes by the name Feriha (@ferihasays) is not employed or associated with our channel contrary to what she stated in her profile,” read a post shared on behalf of the channel on social media.

“The claims made by her against our channel, our spokespersons and talent are unfounded and not true. We request our fans and viewers to not believe any information coming from such inauthentic and unauthorised sources.”

While many were happy with actor Sidharth Shukla being announced as the winner of “Bigg Boss 13” on February 15, there were some who were not too thrilled about it.

A woman, identified as Feriha on Twitter, had written on social media: “I have decided to quit my job at @ColorsTV. I had a tremendous time working with the creative department but I can’t demean myself being part of a fixed show. The channel is keen on making Sidharth Shukla the Winner despite less votes. Sorry, I can’t be part of it.”

The show’s runner-up Asim Riaz had also dismissed rumours that the show was fixed in favour of Sidharth.

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