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Vendetta politics by Mickky Pacheco: Former HM Naik

Former home minister Ravi Naik seems undisturbed by the report of the House committee on the police-drug mafia nexus that was placed in the Goa assembly on Thursday.

Naik, a veteran politician, immediately pointed out that two BJP legislators on the committee-Michael Lobo (Calangute) and Vishnu Surya Wagh (St Andre)-had disagreed with the committee’s chairman, GVP supremo and Nuvem MLA Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco and the other two panel members.

He further pointed out that the panel was headed by the former tourism minister who was arrested in the Nadia Torrado death case when he (Naik) headed the state home department.

“The report has been prepared by people who were in jail because of the Ratol-death case and is a sign of their frustration,” Naik said.

He said he had not got a copy of the report yet and that he was commenting on the basis of TV reports.

“The report has no importance. There is no evidence against me of any wrongdoing. I was the one who was always against drugs and controlled the rave parties and moonlight parties along the coastal belt. Naturally, the people affected by my clampdown are against me,” claimed Naik.

Asked about his son being named in the report, Naik said, “Actually people named Roy Fernandes and Roy D’Souza are involved in the drug trade and therefore these people have also included the name of Roy Naik in the report.”

“I had handed over the case to the CBI. I had even approached Interpol to nab Atala (alleged drug dealer) and Lucky Farmhouse (Atala’s ex-girlfriend). The people of GVP and MGP are against me. And because the report is not correct the two BJP MLAs did not sign it.”

Reiterating that there was no evidence against him, he said he had never interfered with the police when they were chasing Pacheco in the Nadia Torrado death case.

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