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Post Goa IGP's visit, senior police officers visit casinos

india Updated: Nov 17, 2009 17:06 IST

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Few hours after Inspector General of Police (IGP) K D Singh promised a women's organisation in Goa to check the ill doings in casinos, a team of senior police officers visited the offshore casino.

"This is a breach of trust. While on one hand IGP promises to check illegalities on the off shore casino, within few hours, his own officers are seen enjoying at these places," Sabina Martins, convenor of 'Bailancho Saad', a women's organisation, said.

The Director General of police (DGP) B S Bassi had yesterday said that the cops who visited Casino Royale were not on duty and were "in their private capacity."

Martins were the part of the delegation, which met IGP on Wednesday and eked out an assurance of vigilance on the casinos.

"During the meeting, representatives of various NGOs and Goa State Women's commission were present," she said.

Goa has six off shore casinos, which are anchored, in river Mandovi.

The delegation had brought to the notice of IGP that there was spurt in illegal activities on these casinos.

"The IGP had assured that he would instruct his officers to maintain surveillance and vigil," Martins said.

She said that very next day, on November 12, seven senior police officers - including four superintendents of police, two deputies superintends of police and a police inspector - were seen guests for the party hosted by the casino management.

Martins said, "The issue is not of legality or illegality but breach of trust and confidence that people have in police."

Goa's Home minister Ravi naik on Saturday had assured to initiate inquiry into the senior cops' visit to offshore casino.

DGP Bassi however had defended this subordinates' likening their visit to casino to that of "being in Church or temple or restaurant."

He had said "the officers are allowed to go to the places which are legal during their private time."