Naik orders inquiry into Atala`s disappearance

In a spot after Israeli drug peddler Yaniv Benaim alias Atala went missing, Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik today said an inquiry has been initiated into his disappearance.

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 00:40 AM IST

Panaji: In a spot after Israeli drug peddler
Yaniv Benaim alias Atala went missing, Goa Home Minister Ravi
Naik today said an inquiry has been initiated into his
disappearance.

"I have ordered police to inquire as to how the drug
peddler went missing," Naik told reporters here.

Atala, who jumped bail before going missing, is an
important link in the policemen-drug peddler nexus case in
connection with which seven policemen have been arrested.

Naik said all the police stations have been asked to be
on alert and comb their jurisdiction to track the Israeli man.
Police are also on the lookout for a local who had stood
surety for Atala, he said.

Atala was released by a Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances (NDPS) court here on a bail bond of Rs 50,000 and a
surety. He was asked to report to the investigating officer
every Monday.

According to police sources, Atala has been missing since
July 4 and his last known address is a resort in Porvorim
village near here.

Reacting to Atala`s disappearance, Goa BJP has alleged
the state police had let the Israeli drug peddler go missing
in a bid to cover up in the case and demanded that the probe
in the case be handed over to the CBI.

Bureau Report