Crime Branch quizzes NSUI chief over cop-drug peddler nexus

Panaji: A day before leaving for Delhi to meet Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, National Students Union of India (NSUI) Goa president Sunil Kawathankar was today interrogated by Crime Branch in connection with the police- drug peddler nexus.

Kawathankar has launched a massive signature campaign in the state demanding an inquiry by a central agency into the nexus.

He will be handing over the memorandum to All India Congress Committee General Secretary Rahul Gandhi in Delhi tomorrow during the NSUI national executive committee meeting.

Emerging from crime branch office, Kawathankar said that he was asked by the police to name the drug dealers in the state. "They summoned me to the police station and asked me to name drug dealers in Goa."

"This is an attempt to derail signature campaign started by NSUI calling for proper probe in Goa’s drug trade," Kawathankar told reporters outside the Crime Branch office near here.

"I told them that Deputy Superintendent of Police Chandrakant Salgaonkar (investigating the nexus) himself is a drug dealer and has dealings with drug dealer in Goa.

Police should raid his house and drugs will be found there, he said.

Kawathankar said that he has been told that he will be called again to the Crime Branch and will be interrogated by a senior level officer.

"This is unfair, because people who raise voice against drug lobby in Goa are being harassed by police. One of the reasons for this is that police themselves are involved in the drug dealings," the NSUI chief said.