High drama ensued when officials of the Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC) went to nab three heavy-built Nigerians for allegedly peddling drugs outside Reay Road railway station on Thursday [Feb. 21] evening.
In the scuffle, one of the Nigerians bit a constable's finger. Constable M Tupe's bleeding finger was treated at GT Hospital and he was later discharged.
According to the police, the ANC of Azad Maidan unit received a tip-off that a few Nigerian drug peddlers were likely to assemble near PD'Mello Road. A six-member team, led by Sunil Kavlekar, went to the spot and noticed three Nigerian nationals moving about suspiciously.
On seeing the policemen, they hailed down a taxi and got in. When the policemen stopped the taxi for a check, the accused refused to get out of the vehicle.
"In a bid to flee, one of the men kicked the door so hard that it came off. The three men took up a fight with the policemen, but were proving to be difficult to overpower. The cops then signalled to a reserve team of four other policemen, who had spread out in the area suspecting mischief by the accused, for help," said an officer.
In the melee, one of the accused bit constable Tupe's finger on the right hand.
Even with the stand-by team and the public pitching in, the police reportedly found it difficult to overpower the three Nigerians. By then a passing patrol van of the Sewree police noticed the commotion and rushed to their counterparts' aid. Finally, the three men were overpowered.
During interrogation, the men identified themselves as Okaye Chukwansonso Emanual (32), Oddile Ezike Syril (31) and Wisdom Nwanakwo (32).
"We recovered 100 gm of cocaine worth Rs 6 lakh from them", said deputy commissioner of police Kishore Jadhav.