Goa policemen-drug peddler nexus: Atala`s extradition sought

Indian authorities have approached Peru for handing over Israeli drug baron Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, wanted by the Goa police in connection with the policemen-drug peddler nexus case in the coastal state.

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011, 14:02 PM IST

Panaji: Indian authorities have approached
Peru for handing over Israeli drug baron Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, wanted by the Goa police in connection with the policemen-drug peddler nexus case in the coastal state.

Deputy Inspector General (Goa Police) Ravindra Yadav told
PTI that a written communication in this regard (to
authorities in Peru) has already been sent and the process to
get him to India has been expedited.

Goa police were informed on Saturday by the Interpol
about Atala`s arrest at Peru in South America. A Red Corner
Notice was issued against the drug baron, who had jumped the
bail granted by a local court and went to Israel.

Yadav said that the exact time frame in which Atala would
be brought to Goa cannot not be told as of now, but attempts
are on to get him as fast as possible.

The drug baron was a main link in the policemen-drug
peddlers nexus case in which seven officers were arrested for
allegedly pushing narcotics into the state`s coastal belt.
The Israeli drug lord was last seen in Goa on July 23,
2010 by the Crime Branch.

Atala went missing on August 7, 2010 when crime branch
called him for recording his statement.

He was arrested by the crime branch on March 11 last year
after his ex-girlfriend Lucky Farmhouse exposed tapes which
showed him confessing about his links with the police. Later
he got bail, and fled the country.
The nexus probe even got into muddle State Home Minister
Ravi Naik`s son Roy, who was accused by Lucky of frequenting
their place in Anjuna in Goa.

The investigation - after Atala`s confession - had led to
series of arrests including that of former Anti-Narcotic Cell
chief Ashish Shirodkar. The probe had revealed that the drugs
seized by police had gone missing many times.

PTI