The government has ordered an independent magisterial inquiry against Calangute police inspector NolascoRaposo to investigate the allegation with regards to keeping security guard Sanjit Kumar Sahu, a native of Orissa, in his unlawful custody at Calangute police station in a petrol pump robbery case.
Abelina Menezes, zilla panchayat member who runs a security service 'Black Cat Security Services', had lodged a complaint on September 29, 2012, against Raposo, before the home minister in respect of her employee Sahu, who was held in unlawful custody of Calangute police station. Under secretary, home, Neetal Amonkar said "Government of Goa hereby appoints district magistrate (North) (hereinafter referred to as the 'Inquiry Officer') to conduct an independent, magisterial inquiry regarding summoning of Sahu to the police station as well as his disappearance subsequently".
The inquiry officer shall submit his report including his suggestions, if any, to the government within the period of six weeks from the date of issue of order. The government has issued the order on March 18.
Menezes, in her complaint, said that in the wee hours of September 25, 2012, the Reira petrol pump was robbed by some persons who came to the petrol pump, and by use of force tied the above mentioned guard in the room at the petrol pump.
The complainant further stated that the guard was unable to move as he was tied and that the said robbers had also locked the shutter from outside, which was later on cut by the police and the security guard was removed from the room at the petrol pump.
The police at the Calangute police station on the directions of the police inspector, Raposo, took the security guard to the police station on the pretext of inquiry, she said.
When her manager went to the police station, the security guard informed him that he was beaten by the officers for no fault and also that they would falsely implicate him in other offences registered.
Menezes also said when she further inquired whether any arrest has been recorded by the police, Calangute police station informed her that the said security guard would be sent soon as there is no arrest and that he was brought in for inquiry purpose. When the manager went to the police station on September 26, 2012, since the guard had not returned, it was seen that the guard was still there at the police station but neither a FIR nor any complaint was recorded against him.
Menezes added that till September 29, 2012, Sahu, was in unlawful police custody. Amonkar said that the allegation made by Menezes are of serious nature and the same calls for a thorough probe by an independent agency. [TOI]