Government dilutes complaint against police

India on 05 November 2013
Location : Panaji, India | Source : Times of India.

The state government has diluted its stand before the state police complaint authority (SPCA) by withdrawing its complaint filed against five police officials in connection with the Merces double murder case, while allowing general enquiry in the matter which was referred to by chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

The state, through additional home secretary Sanjiv Gadkar had filed a complaint against five police personnel for lapses on their part resulting in the double murder. The complaint was that DySP Umesh Gaonkar, PI Devendra Gad, PSI Ramesh Shirodkar and constables Kedarnath Shiva Jalmi and Nikesh Kashinath Tanodi had not taken immediate and proper action in a suspected murder at Merces that could have avoided another murder at Anmod Ghat.

SPCA chairman Justice (retd) R M S Khandeparkar on Wednesday allowed the state government to withdraw the complaint filed by Gadkar. The general inquiry will commence on Friday. SPCA will conduct the general enquiry based on a reference made by Parrikar on June 26, 2013, asking SPCA to conduct an enquiry in the case and submit the report with recommendations.

The government's decision came after SPCA, through its secretary, informed the state government that it is not possible to hold both inquiries, that of Parrikar and the other of Gadkar.

In view of the SPCA letter, the government decided that SPCA should conduct an enquiry into the lapses in the murder of Shivaji that could have prevented the murder of his wife Sujata. Government also decided that the complaint filed by the additional home secretary in the matter be closed.

North Goa SP Vishram Borkar had earlier conducted an inquiry in the matter and submitted the report to deputy inspector general of police (DIG) O P Mishra.

Goa police had arrested Merces-resident Osban Lucas Fernandes and Ramesh Bagve of Malwan for the murder of Shivaji and his wife Sujata. Shivaji was employed by Fernandes, a construction materials supplier. Sujata was murdered after she started inquiring about the disappearance of her husband.

The accused had also strangulated the couple's two children and thrown them out of the car at Anmod Ghat, believing them to be dead. Old Goa police had filed a chargesheet in the case before the judicial magistrate first class and Collem police station had filed a chargesheet before the Goa children's court. Three accused in the Shivaji Nayak murder case are still absconding. tnn

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