Sunday March 24, 2019

Inquiry confirms assault on scribe for speaking Hindi in Goa

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Panaji:  A year after a local journalist accused two police officials here of misbehaving with him just because he was a Hindi-speaking non-Goan, an internal police enquiry confirmed the allegation.

In the report, Superintendent of Police (Crime) Kartik Kashyap said, on Saturday, that “journalist Mukesh Kumar was dealt in a biased manner which might have been (the case) because he was speaking in Hindi”.

Mukesh Kumar, who worked as a reporter with a local cable news channel had complained to the police in December last year that Inspector PK Vast and Sub-Inspector Vikram Naik verbally abused him and roughed him up for looking and sounding like a Hindi speaking person from outside the state.

The incident happened at the Panaji police station. Mukesh Kumar had sought police help after he was threatened by four or five people.

Police officials PK Vast and Vikram Naik, have maintained that the charges against them were false.

SP Kartik Kashyap said it seemed that others involved in the brawl with Mukesh Kumar were given “preferential treatment”, but it did not appear that Inspector Vast had physically assaulted him.

Filed with the Director General of Police, Kashyap’s report also says that the two police officials had been “verbally advised” to show restraint with members of the media and other visitors by the Deputy Inspector General of Police.(IANS)(image courtesy: c2.staticflickr.com)

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Goa Police Ensures Strict Monitoring of Cash Transactions at Goa Casinos Ahead of Polls

Elections to Goa's two Lok Sabha constituencies and bypolls to three assembly seats will be held on April 23, the Election Commission announced on Sunday

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Casino Popular with Indian Gamblers. Pixabay

With the Model Code of Conduct in place for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and assembly bypolls, the Goa Police on Sunday said that they will be strictly monitoring gambling operations in the coastal state, including in casinos.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajesh Kumar said that there would be strict vigil of cash transactions at Goa’s casinos, which have been accused of money laundering by the Opposition and civil society.

“… we have laid more emphasis on cracking down on crimes like matka, gambling, narcotics…” he told reporters here.

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This place is more than just a casino. Flickr

He also said that casino operators will have to ensure their patrons have a PAN card, especially while making cash transactions.

“There are laid-down guidelines for casinos… If someone is going with cash, he should have a PAN card and whether the PAN card is being recorded there (at the casino’s end). Whatever norms there are will be enforced,” he added.

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There are six offshore casinos and about nine onshore casinos operating from the state’s numerous coastal resorts.

Elections to Goa’s two Lok Sabha constituencies and bypolls to three assembly seats will be held on April 23, the Election Commission announced on Sunday. (IANS)