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Drug suspect Punjani discharged from hospital in Mumbai

In Summary

• Police raided Punjani's home on Monday.

• On Wednesday, three foreigners were arrested including Punjani's wife, Karki Sushmija, were arrested after police again raided his home in search of narcotics. 

Suspected drug baron Ali Punjani when he was admitted at the Bandara-based Asian Institute, Mumbai on August 6, 2019.
Suspected drug baron Ali Punjani when he was admitted at the Bandara-based Asian Institute, Mumbai on August 6, 2019.
Image: MID-DAY DAILY

Suspected drug baron Ali Punjani has been discharged from the Bandara-based Asian Institute, Mumbai on Thursday, a senior doctor from the hospital has confirmed.

According to Mid-day, an Indian daily, Punjani has been admitted at the hospital from August 6.

He underwent angioplasty, a heart surgery to restore blood flow through the artery.

 
 
 

His business class air ticket has been booked for Nairobi on August 26.

 

Punjani will then take another flight to Mombasa and land at 2.30pm the same day.

"After three hours, his connecting flight to Mombasa is scheduled from  Nairobi at 1.30pm and he is expected to land in Mombasa the same day," the Indian daily reported.

Police raided the home of Ali Punjani on Monday, August 12, 2019.
Police raided the home of Ali Punjani on Monday, August 12, 2019.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

According to Punjani's sister, the raid at the suspect's bungalow is very normal.

"There is no proof, Kenyan cops have conducted the raid but have they found anything? There has to be facts and figures. It's not a new thing as the Kenyan police have been investigating the matter since 2010," she said.

Police raided Punjani's home on Monday, a day after Interior CS Fred Matian'gi said no individual, no matter how connected, will be spared in the war on drugs.

Plain-clothes police and GSU officers camped at the home in Nyali area as K-9 Unit police officers used sniffer dogs to search the house.

 
 

On Wednesday, three foreigners were arrested including Punjani's wife, Karki Sushmija, after police again raided his home in search of narcotics. 

The five-hour search found no drugs.

 

However, on Thursday, a Shanzu court ordered the immediate release of Shumshija after police failed to link her to drug trafficking.

 
 

Four other suspects were also set free.