Suspected drug peddlers beat up policeman in Goa

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 23:30

Panaji: A police constable associated with
Anti Narcotic Cell (ANC) was on Tuesday severely beaten up by
suspected drug peddlers here, police said.

Constable Mahabaleshwar Sawant was grievously hurt when
he was hit with hockey sticks by a group, suspected to be
selling drugs at Calangute Beach, they said.
Sawant, reportedly, had gone to a shack along with an
informer to verify a tip off about drug peddling there, they
said.

"As the informer went in, he was chased out by the group
which assaulted him. When Sawant intervened and identified
himself as a policeman, the group bashed up him up too. He
was later shifted to a private hospital in Mapusa town,"
police said.

In retaliation, ANC sub-inspector Sunil Gudlar allegedly
assaulted several people at the shack, they said.

Calangute Police has registered a complaint by Sawant
against the group present in the shack and also a counter
complaint against Gudlar for hitting them.
To a question as to why ANC did not raid the place after
receiving the information, police said, "Superintendent of
Police (North) Arvind Gawas has initiated an inquiry into the
entire episode."

Recently seven policemen, formerly attached to ANC and
Crime Branch, were arrested for their alleged links with
Israeli drug peddlers in Goa.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 23:30

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