MLA accuses Goa admin of turning blind eye to drug trafficking

Panaji (Goa) [India], September 6 (ANI): Independent MLA from Porvorim constituency of Goa, Rohan Khaunte, on Sunday accused the Goa administration of turning a “purposeful blind eye under high-level pressure to let a large scale illegal drug business flourish in the state”.

September 6, 2020

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Panaji (Goa) [India], September 6 (ANI): Independent MLA from Porvorim constituency of Goa, Rohan Khaunte, on Sunday accused the Goa administration of turning a “purposeful blind eye under high-level pressure to let a large scale illegal drug business flourish in the state”.
“Such a large-scale illegal drug business cannot flourish without powerful political patronage and a purposeful blind eye from the administration bowing to high-level pressures. Everyone seems to be a stakeholder in this drug and associated businesses of crime, prostitution, betting, and money laundering that eventually leads to anti-national and terror funding activities,” said Khaunte.

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Talking about the case of September 4, where the Goa Crime Branch apprehended one person with 68 grams of ‘charas’ in Goa’s Calangute area, the MLA said it is a shame that Calangute which is famous around the world for its beautiful beach and is synonymous with Goa’s tourism, has become infamous for drugs.
He called for an urgent in-depth investigation by central agencies including the NIA into the case.
“These drug businesses have a national and international network. Our local law enforcement agencies are doing their best despite the pressures, but need the support of Central agencies to curb this menace with an all-encompassing action to bring in the international bosses and also frame the powerful local bigwigs,” he added.
A team of the Goa Crime Branch on September 4 apprehended one person with 68 grams of charas worth over Rs 90,000 in Goa’s Calangute area.
“On 3 September 2020 a Crime Branch team led by PI Rahul Parab carried out a narcotics raid in Calangute and apprehended one Tony s/o, Joao Fernandes, with 68g high-quality charas worth over Rs 90,000. His links as a drug supplier in the recent rave party case by Crime Branch is also being investigated,” said the Crime Branch. (ANI)

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