Goa cop accused of being Portuguese national

Francisco alias Mickky Pacheco told a news agency that Superintendent of Police (South) Allen D`Sa was a Portuguese national.

Panaji: A legislator heading an Assembly probe into Goa`s drug mafia and involvement of a politician`s son in it has accused a state police officer of being a Portuguese national. The police officer has denied the charge.

Francisco alias Mickky Pacheco on Saturday told a news agency that Superintendent of Police (South) Allen D`Sa was a Portuguese national and that he had documents to prove it. D`Sa is a senior policeman with nearly thirty years of service in the state police and was promoted to the rank of superintendent of police a few years back.

"D`Sa should be dismissed. I have submitted documents to the home ministry which show that he is a Portuguese national. He should be dismissed from service as is privy to a lot of sensitive information about Goa and India as an SP," Pacheco said, a day after he submitted the "evidence" to the government.

Pacheco claimed that D`Sa had availed of Portuguese citizenship in 2008 under a provision which allows Goans, whose parents were born in the pre-1961 Portuguese-held Goa, to avail of Portuguese citizenship.

The legislator`s outburst came a day after police sub-inspector Edwin Colaco, who is seen as a close acquaintance of the former minister, was suspended for dereliction of duty.

Pacheco heads a house committee, appointed a couple of months back, to probe into the alleged involvement of former home minister Ravi Naik`s son Roy in Goa`s drug mafia.

Pacheco himself faces several charges including those of bigamy, extortion, assaulting government servants as well as money laundering. Pacheco`s Goa Vikas Party has two legislators in the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly.

D`Sa rejected the charges.

"I do not have Portuguese citizenship. I reject all these charges made against me. The government should initiate an enquiry if it wishes to probe the charge levelled by Mr Pacheco," D`Sa told a news agency.