Nigerian drug peddlers attack police team that went to arrest them, injure seven cops

Nigerian drug peddlers attack police team  that went to arrest them, injure seven cops 3
The ringleader, Infunanya Ginika Minke (left) and one of the drug peddlers, Ique Emaniyal; Photo courtesy: Mid Day

A group of Nigerian drug peddlers attacked a police team that had raided their den at Wadi Bunder near P D’Mello Road in South Mumbai in the wee hours of Friday. The attack, in which seven policemen were injured, prompted the police to fire three rounds in the air.

In a major operation, a team comprising of around 80 policemen tried to apprehend about 20 peddlers. According to the police, a raid was conducted around 11.30 pm, following which the group of drug peddlers started fleeing away from the spot. The started running along the railway tracks as the area was completely dark, and during the chase they attacked police with stones, which they picked up from the railway tracks.

After a long chase that began at the overbridge connecting Wadi Bunder and Dongri, two of them could be nabbed, while the rest managed to flee.

According to Crime Branch sleuths, the arrested accused have been identified as Infunanya Minke (37) and Ique Emaniyal (24). The duo have been booked under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) as well as the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

Apart from 40 gram cocaine worth over Rs 2.5 lakh, police have recovered seven mobile phones, a digital weighing machine and Rs 44,000 cash from them.

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