MUMBAI:Manish Mazgaonkar, a criminal lawyer, was barely into his teens when he saw his paternal aunt Baby Patankar, one of the biggest narcotics dealers in the city, maul his mother Nalini in 1993. The following day he came to know that he had lost his mother.
Today as Baby is on the run Manish has come forward to help the police to apprehend the fugitive.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Anti-Narcotics) Namdeo Chavan told Express that Baby was a most wanted narcotics dealer.
The police had raided her house at Siddharth Nagar in Chembur on December 30and had arrested her daughter-in-law Sarika and another nephew Upendra Mazgaonkar for possessing banned narcotic substance.
Assistant Police Inspector R Shelke said that they had raided her place after some students from Kirti College in Dadar confessed that Baby, who is in her 50s, regularly supplied them with narcotics. They could not arrest Baby as the woman had already secured anticipatory bail after sensing that the police was hot on her trail.
“Baby is a known drug dealer. Earlier, we had booked her in connection with selling brown sugar. Now, she has shifted her focus from brown sugar to MD, a white powder which is also known as Meow Meow,” Shelke said.
Manish, 35, has vivid memories about Baby and her activities. “She wanted to store her narcotics in our house. My father agreed to that in lieu of money but my mother opposed it. Baby and my father tortured my mother for four days in front of me. My mother had forcibly sent me to my maternal uncle’s home hours before she died so that I would not suffer. I have not seen my father since then,” he said. Manish has written to Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria giving details on what he had witnessed as a teenager. He has also expressed a desire to help the police expose Baby’s syndicate.