Cops-Drug Peddler Nexus Existed in Goa for Years: Naik

Cops-Drug Peddler Nexus Existed in Goa for Years: Naik
Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik today said a nexus between police and drug peddlers has existed in the state since several years.

In a written reply tabled in the state assembly, Naik said a nexus of drug peddlers with policemen had existed even before 2006 when he took charge as Home Minister.

"It is not that drug activities were not there earlier from the year 2000 to 2006 (when BJP had ruled Goa) and prior to that," he said in the reply tabled amidst noisy scenes by Opposition benches.

"No one has taken action against the police for having a nexus (with drug peddlers)," he added.

Naik, who was absent from the Assembly throughout the monsoon session except for the last two days, was not allowed to speak by the Opposition members forcing him to table the statement.

The Opposition had pressed for a CBI inquiry into the issue as Naik's son Roy's name had cropped up in the case.

Defending the Crime Branch that has been censured by the Opposition for "shoddy investigation" in the case, Naik said "the evidence has to be collected and not created. Statements made in the air cannot be considered as an evidence."

"If any person knows anything about police-drug dealer nexus, he should approach the police and give his statement or produce evidence before the investigating officer in support of the case," he said.

The Home Minister said Swedish model Lucky Farmhouse, who exposed the links between police and drug dealers, was contacted through her email on various dates requesting to give her present whereabouts so that her statement could be recorded.

Lucky responded stating that she will be in India by August-end, he added.

The Home Minister said the investigation by the Crime Branch has managed to "achieve the objective".

"It is for the first time in its history that Goa Police department has initiated action against so many police officials in order to break the police-drug dealer nexus and the department has succeeded in achieving their objective," Naik said.
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