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Doubts raised over drug cases filed by tainted Goa cops

india Updated: Mar 27, 2010 14:23 IST
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With five former Anti Narcotic Cell (ANC) policemen behind bars for their alleged links with drug mafia, the Russian consulate has raised doubts over the cases filed against two of their nationals by the cell in Goa.

In a March 11 communication to Inspector General of Police Sundari Nanda, the consulate has raised concerns about the duo languishing in jail, especially after Inspector Ashish Shirodkar, who booked them, is facing probe by Crime Branch.

Shirodkar, earlier attached to ANC, and four other policemen were arrested last week for their alleged nexus with Israeli drug peddler Yaniv Benaim.

"The samples of drugs confiscated from the accused are yet to be examined. We have also understood through media reports that the credibility of Investigating Officer has been doubtful," the letter, written by Consulate of Russian Federation in Mumbai, has said.

Victor Koplenko and V Korovael were arrested by ANC in 2009 in separate drug cases. They were awaiting framing of charges against them in absence of police failing to examine the drug content allegedly confiscated from them.

Koplenko, in a letter to the consulate last year, had claimed that the plainclothes policemen who raided his rented flat at Pernem village near here went away with medicines.

The consulate has sought the attention of Home Minister Ravi Naik in the matter.