Two Goan ministers in police's
Oct 24 (IANS) Two cabinet ministers in the Congress-led coalition
government in Goa figure in a list of bad characters and proclaimed
offenders compiled by the state police, a newspaper report
exclusive report in Sunaparant, Goa's only Konkani daily,
claims that Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate and Urban
Development Minister Joaquim Alemao figure in the 'goonda
list' (list of known criminals) of the state police.
newspaper, which has reproduced a scanned image of the list
dated 2000, also reports that Rudolf Fernandes, son of Congress
legislator Victoria Fernandes has been listed as a goonda
in the list, which was put together in 2000 by the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID) of the Goa Police.
story says that the list of criminals was compiled by the
police due to "an increasing trend in crime, noticed
during the year (2000)".
such a need was felt to update the concerned, with information
on goondas, history sheeters and bad characters so as to take
necessary preventive measures and keep them under surveillance,"
reads an excerpt from a covering letter signed by then Superintendent
of Police (CID) I.D. Shukla.
report claims that in response to an RTI (right to information)
query asking the police to furnish the last two updated lists
of criminals compiled by them, the two district superintendents
Bosco George (North) and Shekhar Prabhudessai (South), have
claimed in writing that "no such information was available
IANS contacted Goa Inspector General of Police Kishen Kumar,
he refused to comment on the issue.
talk to concerned SPs. I will not talk on this. The media
is going overboard," said Kumar.
to this correspondent Friday, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat
did not deny the existence of the goonda list. "It must
have been done when I was not the chief minister," he
alias Babush Monserrate, the father of Rohit, the main accused
in the rape of a 14-year-old German girl a couple of weeks
ago, has also been involved in various criminal offences in
this year, the United Goans Democratic Party (UGDP) legislator
led a mob and attacked Panaji police station, and also manhandled
the policemen on duty.
the list also names Aires Rodrigues, the counsel for the German
girl's mother who has accused Rohit and Alemao's nephew of
raping her daughter.
is the brother of former chief minister Churchill Alemao,
and was earlier detained by the Goa Police under the National