Home Minister Ravi Naik faced with the prospects of being put on the mat over the police-drug nexus, on Saturday adopted ‘attack is the best defense’ strategy to blame Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar of giving political patronage to drug dealers and also clarified that the ‘Roy’ involved in drug case was not his son but Manohar’s friend Roy Fernandes.
Addressing media persons on Saturday, Ravi Naik said a Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sandeep Chimulkar was arrested for dealing with drugs and further alleged that during Manohar Parrikar’s tenure as Chief Minister, drug peddlers had a free run of the beaches to carry on their trade.
Besides, he said one Vaigankar from Arambol who is involved in drug trade enjoyed BJP’s patronage and further said that Manohar Parrikar even had meetings at the said Vaigankar’s residence. He however did not reveal the first name of the said Vaigankar.
Ravi Naik also clarified that his son ‘Roy’ was not involved in drug trade but that Manohar Parrikar’s friend ‘Roy Fernandes’ was involved and promised to furnish evidence of the same at the appropriate moment.
He claimed that the number of drug peddlers in Goa has come down drastically and revealed that as many as 71 cases have been booked so far by the police.
However, Ravi Naik dodged many questioned asked by the journalists. When asked why it took so long to hand over the case to the CBI, he said that he had cleared the file in November and initially blamed the Chief Secretary for the delay but then changed his tune to say that procedures involved took long.