Panaji: The Israeli drug peddler, the main
accused in the case relating to nexus between drug runners and
police, who was out on bail, has gone missing, police said.
The Crime Branch today said it has not been able to trace
Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, the accused in drug
peddler-policemen nexus case.
Superintendent of Police (CB) Chandrakant Salgaonkar said
police went to the address furnished by Benaim but he was
"We were told that he had checked out on July 4 from
Angel Resorts in Porvorim village and we do not know where he
is," Salgaonkar said.
Benaim was arrested on March 9 after his former
girlfriend, Lucky Farmhouse, posted a video on social
networking website which showed the drug peddler confessing
about his links with the policemen.
Seven policemen, including Inspector Ashish Shirodkar,
were arrested after the revelation.
Salgaonkar said the police would inform the Court that he
has gone missing.
Sources said the Israeli was supposed to report to the
Crime Branch every Monday and since he did not turn up for the
last few weeks, police started looking for him.
Police officials said Benaim went missing eleven days
after he was given bail by a Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances Court on June 24.
Enquiries at the hotel revealed that he was staying in
the resort`s room number 154 and later shifted to room number
101. He checked out on July 4.