Monday, 11 June 2007


Sometimes reportage gets dumb.
Look at the last stanza now (in bold). How can an First Information Report (FIR) be based on a non-cognisable offence in the first place?
Mr Frankie Gracias, the crime reporter should realize that one shouldn’t write, just because the cops tell you something. More often than not they are on the lookout for someone dumber … hmm rather simpler than Jamaluddin Sheikh…
Make sure, they don’t have this Frankie hot, with mustard sauce.
Think before you write.

Order on transfer of 18 police officials revoked

PANJIM, JUNE 9 - An order issued this morning by the police department transferring 18 police officials to their election time posting was revoked late this evening.
Sources said that six DySPs and 12 police inspectors were posted on transfer where they were in-charge before the Election Commission ordered that they be shifted.
The order of the EC was in force till completion of the poll process – June 8 -- when the new government took charge. It is learnt that the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat took strong objection to the transfer order issued Saturday morning indicating that it didn’t have his consent. Left with no option, the police department cancelled the order.
Many of the Dy SPs and PIs, who enjoyed political patronage and thought they were unshakable till then, found the rug slipping from beneath their feet after the ECI-appointed observers directed their transfers setting a record of sorts in the State for the first time. So much so that even Deputy Inspector General of Police Ujjwal Mishra came in the line of fire when he tried to defend the suspended SP Sawant and PI Desai. Mishra was relieved of duties relating to elections on May 22. On the same day, DySP Umesh Gaonkar was relieved of his post.Other DySPs who faced transfers when the Model Code of Conduct was in force were Panjim SDPO Mahesh Gaonkar (now at Goa Reserve Police, Altinho), Ponda SDPO Mohan Naik (now Panjim SDPO) and Bicholim SDPO Shamba Sawant (now at Crime Branch).
IPS: Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has deputed Purushottam Das (IPS) to Goa and the Government is in the process of allotting him a suitable posting. Sources said Das is likely to be posted as SP Training at Panjim and will overlook the Police Training School in Valpoi.
Meanwhile, the sources added that the several election-related FIRs filed at various police stations will be investigated and taken to a logical conclusion. Most of these are non-cognizable offences.


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