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Is BJP Govt shielding the police officials indicted in the drug trade?

 

Who will probe corruption cases against the government officials if not the vigilance department and its anti-corruption branch?

The question has arisen with Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar stating that probing into such corruption cases is beyond the scope of the ACB.

And the case is not related to corruption in the administrative matter but a drug trade, in which not less than 16 police officers are indicted by a House Committee.

GenNext President Durgadas Kamat has brought this fact to the notice, citing an Assembly reply given by CM Parsekar to Margao MLA Digambar Kamat.

Goa Vikas Party leader Mickky Pacheco, the chairman of the House Committee constituted to probe into the politician-police drug trade nexus, had submitted his report on 17 October 2013.

Kamat had asked whether any action has been initiated and cases have been filed against the politicians and police officers based on this report.

To this, home minister Parsekar replied as follows:

“The House Committee report was transferred to Anti-Corruption Branch, Directorate of Vigilance vide letter dated 4/9/2015 in order to conduct the investigation in the said matter. However, no investigation was conducted by Anti-Corruption in the matter, since the same was beyond the scope of Anti-Corruption Branch.”

GenNext president Kamat suspects yet another nexus in this reply.

Targeting the CM as well as his party legislators from the coastal belt, he alleges a match fixing between the ruling politicians and the drug traders, with the police officials being a vital link of this nexus.

“Coastal belt ruled by BJP MLAs and Minister Including Chief Minister is booming in drug trade. We have also heard that certain BJP workers including former Zilla Panchayat members are openly involved in the drug trade in Pernem taluka”, alleges Kamat.

According to him, no action has been initiated against the police officials involved in the drug trade because the BJP is today has become the agent of drug peddlers in Goa.

In a press conference held along with his secretary Johnson D’Silva, he also recalled the hangama the BJP had created on the issue of police-politician drug mafia nexus when defence minister Manohar Parrikar was the opposition leader.

In his 150-page report, Pacheco has clearly stated that former home minister Ravi Naik’s son Roy was involved in the drug nexus.

While stating that then DGP Kishen Kumar had not co-operated with the House Committee in supplying relevant information, Pacheco’s committee had named at least 16 police officials involved in the drug trade nexus. 

It includes two SPs Venu Bansal and Mangaldas Desai, two DySPs, 4 PIs, 2 PSIs, one HC and 5 police constables.

Some of them were arrested and released but most of them have even been reinstated in service, observes Kamat, wanting to know the reason behind it.

“This proves beyond doubt that the drug trade nexus between the ruling politicians and the drug traders continues even today”, he alleges.

The costal belt of North Goa is today represented by CM Parsekar in Mandrem, water resources minister Dayanand Mandrekar in Siolim and Michael Lobo in Calangute. 





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Can we expect something good if some other political party comes to power?In congress regime it was coastal areas. In BJP regime it is schools in cities.hoping online supply of drugs does not start with the the third political party coming to power now.P

 
VANDANA BORKAR , Margao

There is overwhelming evidence in this House Committee report that there was a politician police drug mafia nexus. All of us in Goa know that you cannot even buy a good bike like Harley without everyone knowing about it. Can any drug gang operate without the blessings of powerful politicians?? No! We should all support GenNext in its efforts to expose this drug mafia and 'match fixing'

 
NFernanzes , Goa

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