At least 4,000 unverified tenants live in S Goa

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PANAJI: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, replying to a supplementary question from Margao MLA Digambar Kamat in the state legislative assembly on Wednesday said that around Margao, at least 4,000 unverified tenants have been accommodated in different houses, who work in various industrial estates. He also informed that several complaints of thefts are received from places like Velim, Curtorim and Navelim, further assuring that vigilance around the Margao railway station will be strengthened soon.
The Chief Minister also said that the state government, by following all due procedures, will initiate major penalty proceedings on fast track basis against all those police personnel found to have committed crimes, to the extent of their dismissal.
Replying to a law and order related question from Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal during the Question Hour, Parrikar said that he has already instructed the senior police officials to go through all cases wherein severe crimes have been committed by police personnel. He also said that the government will take action against such erring police personnel as per the Indian Civil Services Act.
The Chief Minister also informed that recently, one of the police personnel was seen to be kicking a public transport vehicle at night, and was found to have consumed liquor, when checked for alcohol content in his blood, the next morning. “We have already cleared 2 to 3 such cases and will take up more cases in the near future,” he noted.
Speaking further, the Chief Minister said that improvement in the police department has already started and the government has recruited 602 new constables, thus making a move towards filling a total of 1,109 such vacancies. He also said that police control room (PCR) vans mechanism is being strengthened, and such vans have been connected to the global positioning system (GPS) so that a watch could be maintained on their functioning.
Parrikar, who also holds the Home portfolio, stated that 69 per cent of the crime cases are solved with the help of informers linked to the local intelligence branch (LIB) of the police, and plain-clothed police personnel attached to the CID. He further said that the Goa Police Bill to be introduced during the ongoing monsoon session of the state legislative assembly will include
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a provision to impose heavy penalty on those tenants, who fail to complete the tenant verification formalities with the police.
Stating that he is regularly conducting weekly/ bi-weekly meetings to monitor the functioning of the police department, the Chief Minister said that pressure on police has also increased due to the Supreme Court decision as regards compulsorily registering FIRs as against the complaints from the public, with minor exceptions.
Parrikar also said that since 2013, the legal definition of rape has changed following the Nirbhaya incident, and a number of sections pertaining to molestation have now been included under the act of rape. “Therefore, the number of rapes appear to have increased in the state,” he mentioned, informing that 76 to 78 per cent of the rapes are committed by the close acquaintances of the victim such as her boyfriend, neighbour, uncle and even father, while around 22 per cent of the rapes are committed by unknown persons.
Parrikar, answering another question said that his government would like to request the judiciary to allow the police to take criminals on remand, if such a plea is important for cracking a case.

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