Newly inducted minister Babush spurns police security cover

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Panaji, Aug 7 (UNI) Minister Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate has refused the police security cover offered to him when he was inducted into the Cabinet on August 5 following resignation of finance minister Dayanand Narvekar.

Babush reportedly said he had lost confidence in the police force and he did not require their protection.

The city police had raided his Taleigao bungalow, thrashed him, his wife and son, after ransacking the house and later took them to Panjim police station in retaliation to his attack on the police station on February 19 night.

Several cops were injured in the attack and he was facing serious criminal charges of conspiracy and attempt to murder. He is also charged of attacking youth Congress workers, who were taking out a procession in support of Rajiv Gandhi IT Habitat, which he was opposing.

Interestingly, his induction into the Cabinet had irked the police force and caused embarrassment. In fact, the wives of the injured cops warned the government against inducting him into the ministry, as it would further embolden Babush to wreck vengeance against cops.

Babush, still remains a minister without portfolio. He is likely to be given education portfolio after the end of the Assembly session beginning on August 18 till the month-end.

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