Police never want to register the cases in first place and if by force it gets registered they want to make sure that it closes as soon as possible. Although the reason behind this is not known but sources say that this is happening due to the following reasons, first is to show less crime rate in their respective jurisdiction regardless of factual numbers and second is the for showing the reduced crime rate by settling or closing the cases. Here the story seems to be similar, due to non-availability of witnesses police is seeking the closure of criminal case involving human trafficking. Read the complete report here.
This is the case of Human Trafficking which was registered in Panaji police station in the year 2013. This case was registered against the UP’s MLA of Samajwadi Party Mahendra Kumar. According to the sources, Mahendra Kumar was in Goa for holidays along with his few friends and they had rented a Bungalow in Campal. In the party, the minor girls brought from Delhi were made to dance and get involved in unethical activities. Police raided the place and all were put behind the bars.
The case was registered in 2013 against all the accused including the Samajwadi Party’s MLA from UP under the Immoral Trafficking Act. But now according to the new developments, the Panaji police is seeking the closure of case due to non-availability of the evidence. “We have recently filed a report before Goa Children’s Court seeking to close the case due to lack of evidence,” Panaji Police inspector Siddhanth Shirodkar said today.
According to the sources, Singh was arrested along with five others in August 2013, after police raided a dance party in Panaji. Six girls were rescued during the raid. All the arrested accused were booked under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act and later they got bail. Singh had denied his involvement in the offense, claiming that he was called by his friend for a birthday party and he had arrived a little before police raided the place.
But here is the twist in a tale, according to the sources, the then Panaji PI who was an investigation officer, in this case, has objected the move of Panaji police seeking the closure of this case. He said to have filed his objection in the matter before the Goa children’s court. Prabhudesai, in his objection, said that as the case was registered under the Goa Children’s Act, it couldn’t be closed. He also said that evidence collected in the case was sufficient to file a charge sheet.
In his complaint, he has also mentioned that ‘Goa police had recently approached the state children’s court seeking permission to close the human trafficking case in which Singh was involved. On August 27, 2013, Singh was arrested along with five others after police busted a party at which six women, including a minor brought down from Delhi, were dancing.’ The crime branch PI pointed out that sleuths had recorded the statements of several witnesses and had even traced from where the girls were brought in.
Meanwhile, the Panaji PI Siddhant Shirodkar had told STOI that the police had recently filed a report under ‘A’ summary closure filed due to lack of evidence before the court. All the arrested were booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act and were later released on bail.
According to the reports, Singh is a four-time MLA and the son-in-law of veteran SP leader, Bhagwati Singh. The 55-year-old legislator from Sitapur in central UP, who represents the Sevta assembly seat, flew into Goa along with his friends in August 2013 and was residing in Candolim. Later Singh had come down to Panaji and visited the casino and during that time he said to have received the call from his friend inviting him to a birthday party held on the terrace of Hotel Viva at Campal. The party has an ambiance of dance bar and the girls brought from Delhi were dancing.
As the music was loud, it disturbed residents in the area, prompting Cumbharjua Congress MLA Pandurang Madkaikar to call the police for necessary action. When the police team entered, the women locked themselves in a room, raising suspicion. Police said four of the six girls were from Delhi but were not known to each other as they had been sourced by different people. Singh had claimed that he reached the party barely half-an-hour before the police showed up.