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Senior citizens urge police to keep informers’ identity secret



Claiming that people don’t report incidents to the police owing to the alleged threats from anti-social elements, a senior citizen, during an interaction of senior citizens and the police in city on Wednesday, urged police not to disclose the identity of an informer.

However, police said that the identity of an informer is always kept secret and stressed on the need for awareness among the public regarding the issue. Police said that it is not the public but the criminals who should be scared.

The meet was addressed by the North Goa SP Chandan Chaudhary and DySP Uttam Raut Dessai at the Basantrai Nihalchand Melvani recreation centre for senior citizens at Mala-Panaji, which was attended by around 50 senior citizens. Panaji police inspector Sudesh Naik, Old Goa police inspector Jivba Dalvi, senior journalist Prakash Kamat and Raja Melvani, trustee of the centre were also present on the occasion.

A senior citizen, referring to an incident to which he was a witness in his locality, said that a troublemaker got to know of the person who had complained to the police. He claimed that people don’t report incidents to the police owing to threats from such anti-social elements.

He requested the police to keep secret the identity of informer to sAave the informer from getting into a trouble to which police responded saying that the identity of the informer is never revealed.

Issue of certain parks in the city being used for nefarious activities was also brought up by a senior citizen.

Police assured action and urged the senior citizen to inform the police control room whenever they come across such activities.

Another senior citizen brought up the issue of setting up of police outpost in Merces and neighbouring area to which police said that they will convey the demand to the government and will increase patrolling as well as nakabandi points in the area.

During the meeting, the senior citizens also discussed the procedure and how to go about filing a FIR in case of a crime. Issues pertaining to scams such as online frauds, fake calls, financial frauds, social media issues were discussed at the meeting.

One of the senior citizens asked police as to how they should deal with the political pressure to which police said that there is no political pressure and there is clear direction, zero tolerance to

The investigation is done in a fair manner, police said.

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