The successful attempt by Panaji police in nabbing the culprits fleeing in a Maruti Swift at Panaji deserves appreciation from all.
The concerned police officials did receive minor injuries while chasing the culprits right from St. Inez to Dona Paula in a filmy style. These culprits seem to have been involved in recent robbery cases in and around Panaji. Although PSI’s personal car turned turtle, he still did not give up the chase. Only due to his zeal and bravery, stolen gold ornaments worth Rs.10 lakhs could be recovered.
The team of the 18 policemen involved in this critical operation need to be suitably awarded for their courageous act. Some of them including the PI used their personal vehicles for accomplishing this challenging task. Higher authorities in the Police department should check the feasibility of granting promotions to these officials on a priority basis.
Kudos to PI Rajendra Prabhudesai, PSI Videsh Pilgaonkar and the others for their extraordinary efforts.
‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ and if at all the Panaji police have succeeded in delivering any message to the society at large, it is just this.
My heartiest compliments to Panaji police. Keep it up! Panjimites and fellow Goans are proud of you.
Pravin U. Sardessai, Adpai
Helmet for pillions
This is with reference to the article Helmet to be compulsory for both dated July 24. The BJP government has done it again. Introduction of helmet for riders was done by it and now hardly few months in power Dhavlikar is itchy to give pillion riders a helmet. There has been no improvement in the traffic management. Or, has the traffic cells the habit of looting two wheelers ceased? We all know helmet manufacturers love to do a sale pitch when a new government come into power. This move to impose helmets for pillions would be opposed and not accepted. We are really looking forward to improvements in public transport, parking and road safety. Scams like helmet rule thrust on riders is not appreciated.
Mark Fernandes, Porvorim
I visited Assembly Complex, so that I can see the proceedings closely and admire the legislators speaking and deliberating. However, to my surprise, the visitors who occupy these seats in the complex cannot hear the proceedings clearly because of the echoing effect in the complex. When several visitors come from different parts of the State to witness the live proceedings of the legislators they get depressed as the audio is not clear. The concerned officials should take note of this and resolve the issue immediately.
Dr. G Shrinivas, Curchorem
This refers to the news report Lack of full-time secys hits Penha-de-Franca, Socorro panchayats (Herald, July 16).
I was aghast, pained and surprised to read the above mentioned article where in it was stated about the non-availability of secretaries at village panchayats, and their importance to conduct site inspections of construction both legal and illegal. Yes, I do agree with the Panchas and the public that the Government should appoint full-time secretaries for all Panchayats. But, what was shocking was that the Director of Panchayats had appointed a person to look after both the panchayats of Penha-de-Franca and Socorro. Now, the office of the Director of Panchayats should be aware that there is an enquiry pending against the person in question, as the same person appointed was found guilty of issuing an NOC for electric connection, in spite of the fact that the Panchayat of Colvale had rejected the application for NOC, in their fortnightly meeting held on October 26, 2007. This was as per the findings by the Block Development Officers, Tushar Halarnkar, EOVP-II G A Bhandekar and secretary (HQ) L D Parsekar as per their enquiry report dated Feburary 25, 2010. The Vigilance Department, of Goa had then endorsed this claim on April 22, 2010, and found the said indivudal guilty as charged.
This same indivudal was in the news recently when it was reported that a certain Sara Cardozo had complained about some illegal construction in Assagoa village panchayat. Now, the undersigned is the concerned citizen, who has the privilege of having the Report of the BDO and the Vigilance department, stating that the said official is guilty of exceeding his brief and misuse of office... but the Secretary is the privileged one who not only enjoys the perks of his office, but who also might have issued another hundred bogus NOCs.
The chief minister ought to take cognizance of the facts....
Cyril Fernandes, Mumbai.
Who will chalan the RTO Inspector who parked his vehicle at NO PARKING zone in Vasco? (Herald, July 25) Is the RTO Inspector is above the law? If a common man was found parking at `No Parking zone’, the same RTO Inspector would chalan him. Instead of setting good example to the public the RTO Inspector sat above the law. It is for the Transport Ministry to look into this and chalan the RTO Inspector for parking his vehicle at No Parking Zone.