Sub-Inspector faces action as drugs turn medicine in Goa raid
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 13:16
Panaji: The drugs detected in a raid conducted in Goa last year turned out to be a medicinal substance, prompting the state Anti Narcotic Cell (ANC) to initiate an inquiry into the matter.

ANC officials said the department issued show cause notice to police Sub Inspector Punaji Gawas who had arrested accused Tej Singh for possessing heroin on February 10, 2009.

The Sub Inspector was actually rewarded for the catch and later found himself in a messy situation after Hyderabad- based forensic laboratory reported that the confiscated substance was not heroin but 'acetaminophen' and 'caffeine'.

Police said that the Sub Inspector, who claimed that he "smelt" the substance to confirm it before booking the case against the accused, has been served show cause notice by his superiors.

"As per my previous experience in narcotic drugs, the suspected powder was verified by smell. It was emanating a typical odour and accordingly I acted," Sub Inspector Gawas said in his response to the show cause notice.

The incident has also brought to light fallacious claims of Director General of Police B S Bassi that "drug detection kits" are readily available with the ANC to confirm the drugs seized during raids.

The Sub Inspector's explanation to the show cause notice also said that the drug detection kits available with ANC had expired.

"The Anti Narcotic Cell police station superintendent on January 29, 2009 had requested the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai Zonal Director to supply another set of drug detection kits," he said.

The affairs in the state's ANC were recently exposed after an Israeli drug dealer was caught on a hidden camera bragging about his association with the officers in this cell.

Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat had announced suspension of Police Inspector Ashish Shirodkar, a head constable and three constables for their alleged links with drug peddlers.


First Published: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 13:16

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