Locals get vocal as Saad Samwad backfires on Pernem police


 Pernem police were on the losing end at the Saad Samvad meeting organized at Arambol.
Police were accused by the villagers of allegedly sheltering illegalities which they said is sullying the name of this famous tourist destination.
Saad Samvad is a community policing initiative of the Goa police which aims at involving public in its own policing. The department has targeted prominent spots frequented by domestic and international tourists in North Goa where sensitization on issues like human trafficking, drug peddling, prostitution, and other illegal activities is being taken up.
Police staff in the presence of Pernem PI Tushar Lotlikar and Mapusa dySP Serafin Dias held an interaction with Arambol villagers at the panchayat hall on Sunday.
"A police constable collects bribe money of 200 per day in the name of his seniors from handcarts owners, beggars," said Inacio D'Souza, present panch and former sarpanch of the village.
Locals alleged that this tourist season, five tourist died due to drug overdose and the police, instead of tracking the drug source, did nothing. Locals wanted to know the progress in the drugs investigation cases in Arambol.
DySP Serafin Dias assured the villagers action would be taken in the matter. "Foreigners on tourist visas operate businesses, violating rules and regulations. We are aware that the police is shorthanded but citizens are worried if they will get justice," said Shashikant Naik, a villager. [TOI]