Mombasa-based businessman Ali Punjani who is being sought by police over his involvement in the illegal drug business is admitted to Asian Heart Institute in India. 

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Punjani is said to have undergone open-heart surgery last week, his personal assistant Kakawat Pankaj told Nation on Monday. 

Police on Monday raided his Nyali home over his purported involvement in narcotics.

Hospital report says Punjani was 29th July admitted to Heart Lung Diagnostic Centre in Mombasa after developing heart problem before he was referred to India for further check-up.

 "The above patient (Mr Punjani) was admitted on July 29, 2019, following a heart attack/acute coronary syndrome. An angiogram done showed significant CAD with blocked coronary arteries. This is not amenable with angioplasty and he has been advised to undergo coronary artery bypass grafting urgently. This has been arranged at the Asian Heart Institute for next week," a letter from the diagnostic centre reads as quoted by Nation.

Pankaj said the tycoon's lawyers will be at his home, Tuesday.

More than 20 police officers from different departments including those from the anti-narcotics unit raided the suspect's Nyali home at around 2 pm on Monday. 

“We received information that Mr Punjani is involved in drug trafficking. We will not move out of here until we get into the house. We ask him wherever he is to surrender himself to any nearby police station for interrogation," Mombasa County commander Johnston Ipara said.

So far, at least 18 people have been arrested in the ongoing crackdown since it was launched on Sunday.