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Goa police deny allegation of non-cooperation to Hyderabad counterpart

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Panaji: Hours after Hyderabad police accused Goa counterpart of not cooperating in the narcotics related investigation, the latter has issued a clarification denying the allegation against them.

Hyderabad City Police Commissioner C V Anand on Friday had accused Goa Police of not cooperating with them in narcotic cases.

Anand had referred to the owner of Curlies Restaurant Edwin Nunes, who was wanted by them in connection with a drug case, but Goa police had refused to cooperate for his arrest.

Nunes is currently arrested in connection with Sonali Phogat alleged murder case.

Responding to the allegation, Goa Police spokesman said that Hyderabad police had never sought any assistance to arrest Nunes.

“On August 16, 2022, Goa Police on its own enquiry from Hyderabad Police received information regarding registration of an FIR at Osmania University under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in which 174 persons are named as accused,” he said.

The spokesman said no request whatsoever was received for any assistance for the arrest of any of the accused persons, and in particular for the arrest of Edwin Nunes.

“It is further clarified that even till date, no request for any assistance in the investigation of the said FIR has been made to Goa Police,” he said.

The spokesman said that the fact of the arrest of Nunes was also communicated to PS Osmania University offering assistance in their above-mentioned FIR where he is named as an accused. However, no request for assistance has been received in response so far,” the spokesman added.

He said that  Goa Police follows a policy of zero tolerance towards illegal drug trafficking and is at the forefront of the fight against drugs.

“Keeping with its professional ethos and long tradition of professional policing, Goa Police has always assisted all state and central police departments that have approached for assistance,” the spokesman said.

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