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Panaji: The full bench of the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) headed by retired Justice U. V. Bakre and comprising of former District Judges Desmond D’Costa and Pramod Kamat today directed a team of the GHRC headed by its Secretary Vikas Gaunekar to inspect the site of the proposed Zuarinagar Police Station and to submit a report immediately while adjourning to Tuesday 23rd February further hearing on the complaint filed by  Adv. Aires Rodrigues that an ill-equipped Sancoale Police Outpost is sought to be hurriedly converted into a full fledged Zuarinagar Police Station.
Adv. Aires Rodrigues today while submitting to the GHRC that the government was unlawfully acting in breach of law pointed out that the setting up of a new police station needs to be first notified in the official gazette and that the jurisdiction of the new police station has to be also specified in terms of Section 2 (s) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
While stating that the guidelines on setting up of Police stations laid down by the Bureau of Police Research and Development of the Ministry of Home Affairs have not been adhered to, Adv. Rodrigues expressed concern for the health and well being of the staff besides the public that will be visiting the police station given that the very hazardous naphtha pipeline is located just behind the proposed Zuarinagar Police Station.
Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint to the GHRC last week while questioning the reported skewed move by the Government to try and hurriedly convert the very badly equipped Sancoale Police Outpost into a Police Station, pointed out that the current outpost housed in a very cramped shed cannot properly accommodate the outpost and its mere five staff and has wondered as to how this very small premises would take care of a police force of at least 40 which is the minimum staff that would be required to run a Police Station.
Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint also drew the attention of the GHRC that the shoddy premises did not even have separate toilets and barracks for lady staff while the power supply to the current police outpost is being illegally drawn from a neighboring petrol pump and the water supply was courtesy of Zuari Agro Chemicals.
Adv. Rodrigues while stating in his complaint that the government was planning to hurriedly have a farcical and mock inauguration of the Police Station, has sought that the government should inaugurate the Zuarinagar Police Station only after all the required infrastructure and necessary amenities are in place, as the Police Station will have to cater to a very huge population of over 25,000 comprising residents of the Panchayats of Sancoale, Cansaulim and Velsao-Pale.
Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint further stated that despite the GHRC on several occasions having emphasized that the Police are Human beings and should be so treated, that it was dismaying the authorities were consistently paying scant respect to the welfare and well being of the police and acting in gross violation of their Human Rights.
Adv. Rodrigues sought that the Chief Secretary and DGP be directed to explain as to how they will permit the police personnel to suffer hardship and misery while ruining their health in rank violation of their Human Rights without the necessary infrastructure and basic facilities at the proposed Zuarinagar Police Station.
The Government has reportedly preponed to February 24th the inaugural of the Zuarinagar Police Station which was earlier scheduled for 27th February on the occasion of   local MLA Mrs. Alina Saldanha’s birthday.

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