Taleigao MLA asks court to order CBI probe into police excesses

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Panaji, Mar 11 (UNI) Unattached Taleigao MLA Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate today filed a petition in the Bombay High Court bench here, seeking a direction to the Goa government for ordering a CBI probe into alleged police atrocities on him on February 19 following an attack on the Panji police station.

His wife Jennifer Monserrate and city Mayor Tony Rodrigues, who were alleged victims of police atrocities that night, also filed separate complaints at the High Court.

They said they had lost faith in the state police, who had allegedly raided his Taleigao bangalow, ransacked furniture and other valuables and broke the window-panes of his costly vehicles parked outside in a retaliation to the attack on the police station.

The three were also beaten up in the lathi-charge that ensued after the stone-pelting of the police station, led by the trio, who were demanding suspension of a police inspector who was said to be conniving with rival goons.

The government told the court that it would respond to its notice on the issue within a week.

''If this is the fate of a legislator, what could you expect of the general public from the police. I want an impartial probe into the episode and justice. I will not keep quiet till justice is done to me,'' he told UNI on his return from Delhi this evening.

Citing the fiasco in the investigation of the ''rape and murder'' case of the British teenager at Anjuna beach, Mr Monserrate said this also vindicated his charge against the Goa police, which cannot be relied up on.

It might be recalled that several legislators and political parties had demanded a judicial probe into the episode besides suspension of the involved cops.

The government had, however, failed to take any decision so far, except transferring the then North Goa Superintendent of Police Neraj Thakur, DSP, Inspector and some constables on administrative reasons.

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