Atala missing not police failure, says Ravi; DIG to go to Sweden for Lucky

PTI, PANAJI | 25 August 2010 18:41 IST

Goa home minister Ravi Naik today sought to play down the controversy surrounding missing of Israeli drug dealer stating that there will be no formal inquiry into his disappearance.

"I never meant that we have initiated inquiry into his disappearance. Some journalists called me up and I just said that we are inquiring into it. It's not a formal inquiry," Naik told reporters here.

The state police are facing criticism for letting Israeli drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala go missing when he was out on the bail.

Atala is an important link in the policemen-drug peddler nexus which had seen seven policemen arrested.

Naik said the court had not asked police to keep a tab on Atala and hence his missing cannot be attributed as failure of state police.

"It's not a failure of the police, we had not kept him under security. There are so many cases and so many accused on bail, we cannot go on keeping watch on everyone," the home minister said.

He said the police had not found anything on Atala and hence there was no base to keep him under arrest.

In the tight spot with the opposition gunning for his head, Naik said there is no much substance in the allegations levelled against policemen.

"I don't feel there is anything in this case. We had promptly arrested Atala and he was subsequently booked under prevention of corruption act," the home minister said.

He said the police have already issued look out notice against Atala to ensure that he does not cross boundaries.

Naik termed NCP's demand of CBI inquiry into this case as a publicity gimmick.

"They (NCP) want to show to their high command that they are doing something," he alleged.

Naik said that he is not averse to hand over case to CBI but will take the appropriate decision only after holding all party meeting on the issue.

Meanwhile, home department sources said DIG Ravindra Yadav has been selected by the police to visit Sweden and get statement of Lucky Farmhouse.

"It has been recommended that Yadav should take over the case, if he wants to visit Sweden. At present, an officer to the level of deputy superintendent of police has been probing it," a senior home department official stated.

The case is currently being probed by DSP Chandrakant Salgaonkar. The home department has forwarded the file to the
directorate of prosecution seeking permission to allow DIG visit Sweden.

Police, in past, had submitted to the high court that officer to the level of DIG or inspector general of police, will be investigating the nexus.

But the case is yet to be transferred to higher level officer from Salgaonkar.

Seven policemen were arrested after Farmhouse uploaded a video on social networking websites - youtube and metacafe, which showed her former boyfriend Atala confessing about his links with the police.

Atala was arrested in March this year and subsequently got a bail in June.

The drug peddler has apparently jumped the bail as he has been missing. He was supposed to report to crime branch every Monday.

State home minister Ravi Naik has been at the receiving end with Opposition BJP and Congress' coalition partner NCP demanding CBI probe into the nexus.

The recent state assembly had to be adjourned seven times after Opposition benches took to the well of the house demanding CBI inquiry.

State chief minister Digamber Kamat has vehemently refused to let the case be transferred to CBI. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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Dear ludovico,

ye baat itne asan thode hai....

- Purushottam, Corlim | 27 th August 2010 17:18


Yes hand it over and be rid of it.

- ludovico, old goa | 26 th August 2010 11:21


Sending any police officer to tour foreign countries may be wasting public money and may not bring out any positive results in nailing the drug peddlers! This is obvious because our investigating agencies appear to be not properly trained to nail the criminals and get them convicted. Mahanand Naik's case is one example, where despite confessing of having committed so many murders, he is getting acquitted case after case! All this smells of something rotten in the whole system which is unable to punish the criminals! The result of which you can see everywhere around you in the form of increasing thefts, robberies, murders, rapes, drug abuses, corruption, breaking of idols in churches, temples, and the list is very long! The judicial system too appears to need a revamping so that the culprits and criminals are punished speedily!

- james silva, margao | 26 th August 2010 09:44


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