Saturday, May 08, 2010

GOA GOVT TO PROBE IF NAXALS MADE GOA A SAFE HAVEN

Digital Goa news service
Panaji, May 8 - With the arrest of a dreaded naxal just 10 kilometres away from the state capital of Panaji, state home ministry has now asked the police to submit a report on possibility of nefarious minds trying to use the land to lie low.

"We have sought detailed report from the state police. We like to know whether there are similar groups operating in the state," state chief secretary Sanjay Srivastava, who is also Home Secretary, told reporters here.

He said that `nefarious minds may use the state to low lie after their operations.'Goa police arrested Sambu Beck, leader of Maowadi Trishul Manch, a naxal outfit operating in Sundargarh district of Orissa, this week. One of his accomplice was also arrested by police. Beck was staying in a rented room at Mapusa town, 10 kms away from here.

Orissa police team is already down in the state to take custody of the accused, who was wanted in cases related to dacoity, armed robbery and kidnapping for ransom back in the state.Superintendent of Police Veenu bansal, who spearheaded the operation to nab Beck this week, on Friday had claimed that the naxal was lying low in the state.

Police investigations has revealed that Beck was employed in one of the industrial unit in Goa. Bansal said that he was here for last one and half months.Orissa police had intimated Goa police about Beck.

State Chief Minister Digamber Kamat told reporters that appropriate steps are taken by the police to verify antecedents of all those people who migrate here from other states."I don't think that naxalites are trying to spread their roots in Goa. Their agitations are on various issues… There is proper study on naxalism in the country," he said.

When asked chief minister replied in negative whether anti-mining sentiments of locals can be encashed by naxalites to spread their tentacles in the state.


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