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Arambol firing Constable suspended for ‘dereliction of duty’

Mapusa/Panaji: Constable (duty master) Vijay Naik has been suspended for "deputing Mapusa police station staff to the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) without the knowledge of his senior officer" to assist in a drug raid at Arambol on Sunday, deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Vimal Gupta told REPORTERS. The order for his suspension came on Thursday.

The drug raid came under the scanner for permission and legality (with regards to raid procedures) after it spiralled into an altercation that culminated in a gunshot being fired in the air by NCB officer Jitendra Ranjan.

Gupta told REPORTERS that constable Naik has been kept under suspension for dereliction of duty.

The four constables, including a woman constable, who assisted the NCB team in the raid, are being questioned over the incident and are likely to face departmental inquiry as Arambol does not come under the jurisdiction of the Mapusa police station, and their deputation was not officially sanctioned, sources said.

Neither was there a written communication and prior permission for the Mapusa police to join the raid nor was the North Goa superintendent of police informed about the same, the sources said.

However, some other sources said that senior officers at the NCB had sent a written communication to the superior at the Mapusa police station asking for assistance in the raid and that, accordingly, higher ups at the police station had directed the police constables to assist in the raid.

The same sources said the police team was initially informed that the raid would be at Parra and were told to report in civilian clothes, as per protocol. It was only later that they were told that the raid was at Arambol, the sources said, adding that the NCB team directed the constables to switch off their mobile phones and hand them over in a bid to prevent information leak.

The raiding team comprised 11 members, including the four constables from the Mapusa police station.

NCB Goa superintendent Jitendra Ranjan has deposed before the Pernem police giving names of some attackers, including the owner of the shack where the raid was being conducted and suspected drug traffickers, who were part of the unruly mob.

Ranjan has filed a complaint against the mob for assaulting him.

The NCB team had received a tip-off that a gang from Himachal Pradesh would arrive at the place with a drug consignment.

Pernem police are also investigating a counter-complaint filed by the shack operator alleging assault by NCB sleuths. The shack operator has also alleged that the sleuths hid their identity which led to the misunderstanding.


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Source: Arambol firing Constable suspended for ‘dereliction of duty’

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