Anjuna police, panchayat lock horns over noise pollution


 Anjuna police and Anjuna panchayat are set for a photo finish over the issue of sound pollution as both are blaming one another for not taking prompt action thereby throwing up a question  over the issue — Who finally will act ?
It may be recalled that a few days back some panchayat members had held a meeting with the villagers over the issue of sound pollution. At this meeting, the Anjuna police and the Bardez SDM were criticised for permitting  music parties knowing how this music troubles people around.
Panchayat members who were present for the meeting said that they had no personal rivalry with the organisers but were acting in the interest of the village to stop music as the same was irritating villagers.
Surprisingly, the sarpanch, Ms Pratima was absent for this important meeting and the meeting was addressed by the deputy sarpanch, Mr Savio Almeida, along with panchayat members of the ruling side. Accusations were hurled against the police for being insensitive  to the situation and not acting inspite of directives from North Goa SP. On the other side, Anjuna police inspector, Mr Vishwesh Karpe has stoutly denied the allegations and has infact pointed out that many a times they received hoax calls and even if the calls were real, no panchayat member was prepared to come with them to the spot.
Mr Karpe  said that he had no sympathy for those playing loud music and said that they would be  dealt with as per law, but the panchayat members who complain should not make the police scapegoats.
The police inspector also said that his force was quite vigilant and capable of tackling genuine complaints.
Meanwhile, a panchayat member associated with football,   who had gone to meet Mr Karpe  two days back was driven out by the officer who informed him that if he was using media to settle political scores then he should also bring the media and come to meet him.
Interestingly, Mr Karpe revealed that the police had recommended to the panchayat for revoking the licence to four shacks in south Anjuna who were habitual offenders but wondered why the panchayat was sitting over the same and not acting which proved that the panchayat was giving a back door entry for such nuisance in the village. [NT]