Does the “uniform” serve the people or does it uniformly serve the drug dealers? A valid question the Goans are asking

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Sep 04, 2022 | 07:28 IST

Does the “uniform” serve the people or does it uniformly serve the drug dealers? A valid question the Goans are asking

Not so long ago, a young couple walked into the office of a travel agency in a central European city and looked for options to travel to Asia.

As they had heard a lot about the uniqueness and vibrancy of a place called Goa in India, they checked out the travel and accommodation options in Goa.

The person at the other end whose business was to maximize bookings for his organization surprisingly dissuaded them from going by saying, “Goa is not safe and it is dangerous”.

If a travel planner sitting in a small country in Europe prefers to divert an interested traveler from Goa to any other country, for security reasons, it is a cause for great concern, if the reputation of Goa prevails like a dangerous place.

The tables have turned because the loyalty of those in uniform has turned to a new set of bosses

A remark by the dynamic Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand to the Herald on Saturday is very significant: “We will seek the assistance of the Goa Police to apprehend the drug gangsters operating from their safe havens in Goa in a genuine and without leakage.”

If one reads between the lines, ‘leak’ indicates a fear that Telangana police movements could be leaked to drug traffickers by those within the system in Goa.

In fact, the apprehension is due to the fact that Goa’s system seems to depend on the drug trade, so why would they do anything to eradicate it?

At the same time, he made a touching remark stating that his police are not working towards glory or medals but towards the eradication of this threat which will harm society. Such a brave remark will go a long way not to inspire the people of Telangana but also to give hope to the people of Goa that such officers will keep them safe and secure for their children.

Anjuna: where the police pay a price, to get it back

Is there confidence in the levels of policing in the “drug belt” of Anjuna, Vagator Siolim, etc.? Haven’t we all heard the conversations that no price is too high for someone to serve in certain stations in this belt? This raises the question: to serve whom or to serve what?

The willingness to pay any price, including moral and ethical, for such a position is due to the confidence that the investment will be well recovered.

As the Hyderabad Police said, the massive drug supply in the Goa system makes it a business worth hundreds of crores. Could this company have been operating for more than ten years and only growing, if the people who are placed there to “serve” the people and the State, had not ended up serving those who lead and benefit from this multimillion company?

The Impact of Drug Trafficking in Goa: Mysterious Unnatural Deaths

Like Sonali Phogat, many have died in the past in similar circumstances, mostly women. And in each of these cases the cocktail of drugs and forced or drug-induced sex emerged, although in the case of Phogat the latter aspect did not emerge.

After the reported rape and murder of Danielle McLaughlin in 2017, an RTI request was filed by the local, seeking information on deaths of foreigners in Goa over the past 12 years (2005 to 2017).

According to an RTI response seen by a local activist in support of relatives of several of the deceased, a shocking 245 foreigners have died in Goa over the past twelve years, or about 20 per year. Although specific cases from 2017 to 2022 are not available, the number of deaths through 2022 may have increased by 100 to 345.

With the viscera in many of them unpreserved or with testing delayed beyond the scientific period to obtain the true minimum baseline results and determine the presence of drugs or alcohol, investigations of these cases have all been completely compromised, leading to most being recorded as murder. case and simply buried.

Meanwhile, those recorded as “murders” or any other serious section of the IPC have traveled on the very slow train to justice. Here is just one example of slowness. In the five-year trial in the Danielle McLaughlin murder case, only ten witnesses were questioned. So, first, the viscera reports are always late, giving no conclusive evidence of the presence of drugs or alcohol. Then the cases drag on for years, so the investigation and the court process ultimately don’t matter.

We must now understand the state of mind of these travel agents who were not only uncomfortable but who literally warned tourists not to go to Goa. With the increase in the number of possible drug-related deaths (with autopsies on almost 100% of cases, “reserving” the cause of death pending viscera reports), there is never a conclusion. but a growing assumption that drug-related deaths occur in Goa with regularity.

Now that CCTV footage is more widely available, there was enough material available to establish prima facie evidence that possible fortified drinks were forcibly given to Sonali Phogat.

The presence of drugs in the toilets of Curlies, as the police have only pointed out, indicates that the nightlife trade in Goa, in the constituencies of Calangute, Siolim, Mandrem and parts of Pernem, is linked to the drug trade. This does not require documentary evidence but basic knowledge on the ground.

However, investigations by Telangana Police Anti-Narcotics Wing and Hyderabad Police Team, while cracking down on Goa-based drug traffickers operating in Hyderabad, have brought attention back to the depth and the extent of the drug trade in Goa. is.

Telangana Police have sought information and logistical support from Goa Police in their big and small fish action (there are 174 defendants in cases related to Goa drug traffickers operating in Telangana).

Certificates Goa Obtained as an Enabler of a Drug Filled State

Certificate #1

When the police commissioner of the state capital of Telangana openly says that “there is nothing to hide that the Goa police have not been cooperative”, it is shocking.

Certificates #2 – Some of the biggest drug dealers in the country have moved to Goa

The second certificate Goa got from Telangana Police is that India’s biggest drug traffickers have moved to Goa, operating from huge hideouts with ferocious dogs and running interstate gangs of drug traffickers.

However, the assurance from the Chief Minister of Goa that Goa will be drug free in three months i.e. 2nd December is welcome and the Goans are eagerly awaiting this assurance in the hope that the response to each of the questions below will be yes.

Will we have a professional police force stationed, uninfluenced by local politicians?

Will the ANC have a free hand with additional facilities, infrastructure, budgets and manpower for its war on drugs?

Will existing investigations into drug-related murders be expedited?

Will there be a crackdown on drug havens in the state and will these drug lords wanted by Telangana police be handed over?

For starters, a yes to all of that will be more than enough.

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