Goa Police have gone into a damage control mode following revelations that drug kingpin Yaniv Benaim alias Atala has safely returned to his country Israel even though police had issued red corner alert for him.
Goa Police spokesperson SP Atmaram Deshpande said the police were verifying the facts in the first place to establish that Atala had truly landed in Israel. Once that is established, he said Interpol and Israeli authorities would be approached to get custody of Atala who is an accused in criminal proceedings in Goa.
Atala who was arrested for dealing in narcotics was released on bail which he jumped to return to his home country Israel even though Goa police had launched a man hunt for him.
Atala eluding the cops has evoked severe criticism primarily because he is reportedly very close to Home Minister Ravi Naik’s son Roy Naik and it is alleged that because of this relationship the police have been lax in dealing with his case.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded the resignation of Ravi Naik over the Atala fiasco. BJP spokesman in Goa Rajendra Arlekar said that it was not only on moral grounds that Ravi Naik should resign, but also because a finger of suspicion is pointed directly to his family member.
Rajendra Arlekar also dismissed reports of a threat to Roy Naik’s life as a smokescreen to cover up the police’s misdeeds in handling the Atala case and also to divert attention from Roy Naik’s alleged links with Atala.