Facing a bad press and with increasing number of cases of police involvement in narcotics trade in Goa, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Wednesday stepped in to ask the Home Department to submit a report within 24 hours on the police-drug dealers nexus.
The Chief Minister disclosed this after a meeting with Home Minister Ravi Naik and Director General of Police Bhimsen Bassi held on Wednesday morning.
Besides the case under investigation by the Crime Branch wherein seven police personnel including Police Inspector Ashish Shirodkar were suspended for their links with drug lord Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, Police Sub Inspector Sunil Gudlar was caught on camera in a sting operation selling drugs to two foreigners and on Tuesday, a Head Constable was arrested by Belgaum Police selling hashish to a resident of Uttar Pradesh.
Even as the chief minister called the shots, Director General of Police Bhimsen Bassi assured that action will be initiated against Sunil Gudlar only after the Crime Branch submits its report.
While Superintendent of Police South Goa, Allen de Sa immediately placed Head Constable Arun Nagappa Dessai under suspension after he was arrested by Belgaum police for assisting two Nepalis sell hashish, the police are yet to initiate any action against Sunil Gudlar who was seen on camera peddling drugs to two foreigners.
Bassi while stating that the process to extradite Atala from Peru has already begun, said the police would also find out how he managed to leave India despite red corner notices being issued against him and even though his passport was in the possession of the Crime Branch.