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Police detain three under NDPS Act, jailed at Colvale

Goa police on Wednesday detained three notorious history sheeters as a preventive measure under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. The three individuals will be detained for a period of one year considering their involvement in drug trafficking, said Nerlon Albuquerque DySP Anti-Narcotics Cell.

Albuquerque informed GT that the three -- Vally D’Costa from Shirvoi-Quepem, Abilio D’Souza and Joao Lopes both from Calangute -- were detained by the police under the NDPS act considering their habitual involvement in drug trafficking.

Albuquerque said that all three have cases registered against them in connection with the trafficking of drugs. They have been sent to Colvale jail, he added.

Congress leader, Capt Viriato, slams Sawant

Congress leader Capt Viriato Fernandes slammed Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for claiming non-Goans were involved in majority of the crimes happening in Goa. Fernandes suggested there was a need for police reforms to give the men in khaki full liberty to investigate crimes without any interference.

He also took potshots at Sawant's claims of success of open-defecation free Goa and Har Ghar Jal.

CM says police recruitment will start in 8 days

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that the police recruitment process will start in eight days. The Chief Minister interacted with the media after a review meeting with the Director General of Goa Police and senior officials. The CM said that the process was stalled due to the code of conduct.

Vasco police undertake flag marches, warn anti-socials

Post the Baina murder, Vasco police undertook flag marches in Mangor hill, Baina and Katem-Baina areas to instill confidence among people. Vasco Police Inspector Kapil Nayak said that the police have been undertaking flag marches considering the number of crimes in the jurisdiction. Our team met some history sheeters and rowdies and warned them of strict action if found indulging in any criminal activities. The recent flag march was being undertaken as a preventive measure to prevent crimes.

Goa TMC reconstitutes Goa State Committee, Luizinho’s name missing

Goa Trinamool Congress on Wednesday reconstituted its Goa State Committee with Samil Volvoikar and Mariano Rodrigues as State Joint Convenors and Dr Jorson Feranandes and Rajendra Kakodkar as Chairman of South Goa and North Goa, respectively. The name of TMC Rajya Sabha MP Luizinho Faleiro, however, was missing from the committee.

Phogat case: Edwin Nunes gets conditional bail

Edwin Nunes linked to the controversial Curlies restaurant in Anjuna has been given conditional bail. Edwin was arrested after BJP leader and actress Sonali Phogat was forcefully fed narcotic drugs on August 21 leading to her death. Her death was first declared as a heart attack, but later as murder after family members put pressure.

Chandor youth dies after scooter collides with bus

An 18-year-old youth from Chandor died on the spot at the Cottombi-Assolda junction when his 2-wheeler collided with a school bus on Wednesday at around 7.30 am. He succumbed to serious head injuries.

As per the information given by Police Inspector Vinayak Patil, Jesward Martins, resident of Chandor, on noticing a school bus (Bal Rath) coming from the opposite direction suddenly applied breaks which caused him to slip and bang himself on the bus.

PI Patil said that the rider died on the spot due to severe head injuries. Quepem police have registered an accident case.

Goa police will take Phogat case to logical conclusion: CM

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant exuded confidence that Goa police will take BJP leader Sonali Phogat's death case to its logical conclusion. I have full trust in Goa police, he said. He, however, refrained from providing any further details stating that the investigation is going on in the right direction.

Sawant says Hyderabad cops' allegations in drugs trade baseless

Chief Minister Pramod Sawamt came down heavily on Hyderabad police alleging that they were unnecessarily accusing Goa police regarding data related to the drugs trade and peddlers.

DGP has written a detailed mail to Hyderabad police asking them as to what information was needed by them, but there is no feedback from them, claimed CM.

"Whenever we communicate with them (Goa police), negative results come. If we try to nab someone (accused persons from Goa), we don't get them. There is nothing to hide, I am telling openly that Goa Police are not cooperating," Hyderabad City Police Commissioner C V Anand had said on September 3.

Increase in crimes, but less as compared to previous years, claims CM

Acknowledging that there is an increase in murder, attempt to murder, rape and dacoity cases in the state, CM said that the police have been asked to take measures to control the situation. People who have migrated outside during the pandemic have started coming back as economic activity has started full-fledged, said Sawant suggesting that this could be the probable reason for the increase in crime rate.

He, however, went on to assert that there is no increase in the crime rate as compared to previous years and that the crime detection rate in Goa is the highest in the country. Police have been asked to now focus on crime prevention, he added.

PoP idols surface at Bogmalo beach

Half dissolved Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesha idols were brought ashore by a group of youth headed by Bogmalo-Chicolna Sarpanch Sankap Mahale post-immersion of seven-day Ganesh idols.

A viral video surfaced on social media platforms wherein the group led by Mahale is seen bringing the PoP idols out of the shallow seawater.

The Goa government had made tall claims that it will swoop down on those dealing in PoP idols, however, these assurances have been mere lip service.

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