Suspended cops yet to be arrested

PANJIM: Crime Branch officials, investigating the police-pimp prostitution nexus, have failed to arrest the suspended beat policemen, even as one of them has gone underground after a local court rejected his anticipatory bail plea.

Head Constables Vaman Naik and Santosh Vengurlekar and Constable Vijay Gaikwad are booked for sexually exploiting two victims of prostitution and extortion.

Vaman Naik, who was the first identified policeman in the case, had filed for anticipatory bail plea which has been rejected. Strangely he has been missing since then with crime branch apparently making no efforts to trace his whereabouts or arrest others in the crime.

The young women, in their 20s, hailing from Mumbai and Jharkhand had exposed the nexus after which a police complaint was filed at Crime Branch.

They had claimed that a policeman had sodomised a transgender. The transgender was reportedly summoned to the office for recording of statement. [H]