The National Students Union of India (NSUI), frontal organization of the Congress Party, on Monday demanded that the drugs-police nexus case be handed over to an independent agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation or National Investigation Agency (NIA).
In a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, NSUI has threatened to launch an agitation against its own party government if the case is not handed over to the central agency within 48 hours.
NSUI President in Goa Sunil Kawthankar said the investigations in the case by the Goa Police have raised doubts about their integrity and capability and therefore demanded that the case be handled by an independent agency.
Following an expose by drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala last year, police had registered a case against seven police personnel including Police Inspector Ashish Shirodkar and even arrested them. Atala who was released on bail managed to escape from Goa and is now arrested in Peru.
Even before the police could complete the investigations in this case, they have been hit by another case wherein Police Sub-Inspector Sunil Gudlar was captured on camera not only selling charas to two foreigners but also bragging about his seniors accepting bribes to settled drug cases and also threatening to implicate innocent persons in drug cases.
It may be recalled that NSUI had earlier collected one lakh signatures to submit a memorandum to All India Congress Committee General Secretary Rahul Gandhi over the drug dealers’ nexus with Goa Police.
However, after Sunil Kawthankar was brutally assaulted by two unidentified motorcycle borne assailants, the NSUI’s agitation was stalled.
Meanwhile, the Crime Branch on Monday submitted a preliminary report on the Sunil Gudlar episode in the drug saga in Goa.
Although Deputy Superintendent of Police (CID) Shamba Sawant who conducted the inquiry refused to comment on it, sources revealed that he has submitted a preliminary report to Director General of Police B S Bassi.
The report, it is learnt, admits that there are ample of grounds to file a First Information Report against Sunil Gudlar.
In another development, India has already written to the officials in Peru for extraditing Atala to India. Atala was arrested at an airport in Peru due to the Look Out Circular issued by India after he jumped bail and fled to his home country Israel.