Panaji: Goa Police have initiated an inquiry
into the alleged link of a constable with a gangster involved
in smuggling juveniles from a state-run remand home.
Datta Vernekar, a constable attached with Agassaim police
station, had accompanied Zenito Cardoso for a press conference
organised by the latter on Sunday.
The constable was reportedly holding files for the
gangster ahead of the press meet in which Cardoso criticised
Superintendent of Police (North) Vijay Singh who had taken
action against him in connection with smuggling minors.
The inquiry was ordered soon after the media carried
reports about the constable`s link with the arrested gangster
who is currently out on bail.
According to sources, the deputy superintendent of police
(DySP) Gajanan Prabhudesai has initiated the probe into the
"We will try to find out what the constable was doing
with the gangster, who is on bail," they said.
"Zenito was arrested for allegedly smuggling children out
from remand home, Apna Ghar, and making them commit crimes
like theft, robbery and even murder," a senior police officer
Porvorim police had earlier exposed the racket, involving
a caretaker of the shelter, wherein minor inmates were made to
escape from Apna Ghar.
The caretaker was subsequently arrested while police are
suspecting involvement of six more staffers in the crime.
The role of some NGOs in connection with the entire
episode has also come under a scanner and an independent
inquiry is being conducted by deputy collector Levinson
The inquiry report is expected to be submitted within a