Parrikar seeks report on Apna Ghar

PTI, PANAJI | 12 April 2012 16:11 IST

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has sought a detailed report on the affairs of a state-run remand home for children after the instances of smuggling of juveniles from the shelter came to light.

Parrikar told reporters that he has asked the detailed report on the issue from Women and Child Welfare department, which is the nodal agency managing the affairs of 'Apna Ghar' housing 80 juveniles.

Apna Ghar has been in news after police arrested a caretaker, a local gangster identified as Zenito Cardoso and four children after investigations revealed their involvement in cases like thefts, robbery and even murders.

The juvenile inmates of the shelter, located on the outskirts of Panaji, were allegedly smuggled out and handed over to Cardoso for committing serious crimes.

The involvement of six other caretakers is also being probed by police, although they are yet to be arrested. NGOs which were working with the shelter home have also come under the scanner for keeping mum on the alleged racket.

"My problem is that if I suspend everyone from that Home, there will be no one to look after children," Parrikar said.

"But still, we are taking action against everyone involved in the racket," he added.

Cardoso, who was allegedly luring boys from the shelter in committing crime, was arrested by police and is out on bail.

The shelter houses those juveniles who are in conflict with law and also those who need care and protection. 

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Good to hear that action will be taken against the offenders. If a place like Apna Ghar itself comes under scrutiny, then the children of Goa would need greater protection.

- Sunita Rane, Margao | 13 th April 2012 09:50

 

It was rather interesting to hear the sister of Zenito Cardoso,in a Press conference,aired on Prudent News,sate that that she will be suing PI Vijay Singh,for falsely arresting her brother and for defamation. I wonder how impeccable the character is, of her brother and also why he is on Police records termed as a History-Sheeter.I wonder if she truly understands what defamation means and who & how , it is applied .

It is good to see Mr Parrikar taking a "HANDS-ON" approach to dealing with criminal activity.It gives Goans a sense of security .The previous Congress Govt., and specially Digamber Kamat & Ravi Naik,purely swept all crininal activity in Goa under the carpet.No doubt they too have been embroiled in criminality activities themselves and found methods to immunise themselves from prosecution.Hoepfully it will be "catch-up" time now.

- N.Fernandes, London | 12 th April 2012 19:48

 

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