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Cause Of Foreigners’ Deaths In Goa Not Known

Home Minister Ravi Naik revealed that the cause of death of 44 foreigners in Goa over the last three years is not yet known as the report on their viscera has not yet been received by the police.
In a reply tabled in the House, he said that in the last three years 161 foreigners had died in Goa. While in 2008, 42 foreigners expired in Goa, in 2009 the figure went up to 65 and in the year 2010 54 foreigners died in Goa. In these three years, only three foreigners were murdered while only one died of drug overdose.

The highest number of deaths of foreigners were reported from Calangute where 45 died followed by Anjuna where 32 of them died. While 18 foreigners died in Colva, Canacona reported 17 deaths of foreigners and in Pernem 19 of them died.
As Goa does not have its own chemical analysis laboratory, the viscera is sent to the other places, most often being the Central Forensic Science Laboratory at Hyderabad which takes months to submit the report, said Ravi Naik.
Police Personnel Sit Cosy In Their Chairs
In a total violation of the service rules of Goa Police, nearly one-third police personnel have not been transferred for the last five years revealed Home Minister Ravi Naik while replying to a question tabled by Congress MLA Dayanand Narvekar. The Goa Police service rules makes it mandatory for police personnel to be transferred every three years.
According to Ravi Naik, as many as 1,187 police personnel have not been transferred for the last five years and 62 have been sitting cosy in their posting for 10 years. The reasons for not transferring were not mentioned.
Further, he said that one police personnel had committed suicide while 23 others had left the service during the last three years.
Interestingly since 2008 as many as 3,399 police personnel reported sick with ailments like high blood pressure, flu, diabetes, cold, cough and fever and the department spent Rs. 2.07 crore on providing medical facilities to them.
Over the last three years, though 77 police personnel were suspended for various reasons, nobody has been sacked from the department while only one person was demoted.

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