Multiple coordination norms with local police violated by NCB leaving Goa Police fuming; SP North had no clue, Pernem PI not informed of raid in his jurisdiction
PANJIM: The filmi-style raid at Arambol by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), where the SP was attacked by locals and supposedly members of a local drug gang, indicates a sheer lack of trust between the Goa Police and the national drug investigation and control agency.
The sequence of events leading to the raid and the firing indicate that neither Mapusa Police nor Pernem Police, where the raid was conducted, were taken into confidence by NCB.
Senior Police officer of Mapusa Police Station informed that the NCB with a written request to the Police Station asked for the assistance and accordingly the four constables were provided to them.
The officer states that Mapusa Police were informed that the agency would conduct raid at Parra, in Mapusa PS jurisdiction.
However, the NCB team along with Mapusa PS staff went to Arambol for a raid, which comes under the jurisdiction of Pernem Police Station. This was a clear attempt to confuse and mislead Goa Police.
It is learnt that the Mapusa PS staff, questioned the crossing of territory into another jurisdiction, but the NCB officer informed that he has already spoken to their (Mapusa Police) chief.
When contacted in-charge of Pernem Police Station Uttam Raut Desai, said neither was he aware of the raid nor did the NCB team take him into confidence.
The unsavoury incident came to light after the raid turned futile and Superintendent of Police (NCB) Jeetendra Ranjan was assaulted by mob of locals at Arambol after heated argument between owner of a local shack and him.
Eye-witnesses said that the fracas started after NCB SP started abusing and assaulting the shack owner and the mob, thinking he was a tourist attacked Ranjan.
The NCB SP later fired a gun shot from his official gun to control the mob but after noticing that the situation was going out of the hand he ran from the site.
The gun which was left at the site was handed over to Arambol outpost by the locals, informed police sources.
NCB SP Jeetendra Ranjan in his complaint to the Pernem Police said that his service revolver was snatched by the crowd, and subsequently handed over to the staff of the Arambol Outpost.
The Pernem Police is inquiring into the matter after receiving cross complaint from the NCB as well as owner of the shack.
The Pernem Police, however, registered an offence against five persons and mob of 25-30 people. All are charged with Section 143, 147, 148, 332, 341, 353, 356, 504 r/w149 of Indian Penal Code.
A NCB officer in the know of the raid when contacted said, “We had very good information of the sale of narcotics in Arambol and that's the reason why we wanted to raid but our inquiries at the shack turned violent and locals started assaulting us”.
The officer further said that NCB never discloses the location of raid. “Even our own staff was not aware of the location of the raid except a few”, he said.
When contacted Superintendent of Police North Goa Chandana Chowdhary (IPS) said that she was not aware about giving staff to the NCB and nor she was taken into confidence about the same.
Cop who allotted staff for NCB raid suspended
Superintendent of Police North Goa, Chandana Chowdhary issued suspension of Police Constable Vijay Naik in connection with the lapses in giving the staff to the NCB for what turned out to be for its Arambol raid.
Naik, who is an in charge of duty of staff of the Mapusa Police Station was responsible for allotting staff to accompany the SP NCB.
She said, “There are certain irregularities in the issuing of staff to the NCB and reason why we have issued suspension”.
“I am yet to ascertain the content of the request letter made by NCB to Mapusa Police Station and will be submitting detail report to DGP after scrutinizing the same”, Chowdhary said.
According to sources at Mapusa Police Station and in the NCB that SP of NCB contacted SDPO (Sub-Divisional Police Officer) of Mapusa Mahesh Gaonkar for assistance of Police staff.
Gaonkar was on leave but according to his subordinates had instructed Mapusa Police to give the staff to NCB. However, Gaonkar has denied in the inquiry that he instructed Mapusa Police to give the staff.