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After Murder Of A Nigerian: Nigerian protest: Local drug lords gain upper hand in Goa turf war

After Murder Of A Nigerian: Nigerian protest: Local drug lords gain upper hand in Goa turf war

Panaji: Remember the school bully. The tough guy who’d grab the best savories from your lunchbox the moment you opened it, and always wanted the lion’s share of sweets distributed on Independence Day? Goa’s current drug war is much easier to explain with the above analogy. With the tourism season all set to seriously kick-off, the ongoing gang war in this tourist paradise between Nigerians on the one hand and politically supported local gangs on the other, is simply a case of one outfit trying to greedily corner the dope-selling rights over the biggest chunk of geography ahead of the annual invasion of nearly three million tourists
Thursday’s murder of a Nigerian national, the subsequent unruly highway blockade by angry Nigerians and the popular tide of resentment against the Afro community, the local drug dealers appear to be on the winning side. With the police crackdown on all Nigerians in general, in many cases even evicting them from their homes with a 24-hour notice, the Nigerian drug lobby is definitely on the backfoot. Contrary to the popular notion that chunks of Goa’s coastline have been parceled out amongst drug cartels of Russian, Nigerian, Israeli nationalities, in reality, it’s not territory which is the crucial factor. “Russian tourists find it safer to buy drugs from their fellow nationals or at places run by fellow nationals. Same applies to other nationalities as well. It works well for the dealers too because they can mix easily and camouflage themselves with their countrymen. No suspicions arise,” says a senior anti-narcotics cell official. But while the talk about foreigner-run mafia makes for sexy reportage, it is the Indian, in this case very Goan end of the narcotics mafia, which deserves more attention because of the political power it wields, irrespective of which political party is in power, and the quantum of human resource it controls in Goa’s tourism-savvy coastal belt. How well entrenched are the roots of this local, coastal drug mafia really are can be gauged from how they worship their Gods! Some years ago in Anjuna, a newly elected legislator and local villagers decided to build a temple in honour of the local deity. Raising money wasn’t difficult with the tourist season on. The group organized a rave party near the temple and collected donations from the local drug peddlers, who were authorised to sell drugs at the drug-do, and voila they had enough money to build a temple that same year. “These are the dealers who are difficult to break. There’s just too much political pressure. So we depend on these dealers to give use minor cases, mostly non-Goans who work for them and don’t have any use for them anymore,” the official said, adding that the race for volume of cases often resulted in small fry being nabbed. When the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Monday attacked coastal MLAs for allowing the drug menace in Goa’s beach villages to fester and prosper, it wasn’t really off the mark. It was merely articulating a popular sentiment about certain coastal lawmakers. “It is the coastal MLAs who are involved in sheltering drug trade,” NCP vice president Trajano D’Mello claims. Perhaps the first documented connection between Goa’s drug mafia and politicians was legislator Francisco Pacheco-led legislative committee report on drug trade. It suggests that there was “enormous amount of documentary evidence available to pin point the identity and criminal engagement” of the son of a former home minister of Goa in drugs trade. The report also indicts the Director General of Police for being part of the protection network of the drug mafia. Thursday’s violence was not the first. There have been bloody, public scuffles between the Nigerian drug dealers and local gangs in Goa’s most popular party lane, near Club Titos, over the right to sell drugs in the beach stretch constantly buzzing with young tourists. But there’s virtually no mention of them in police records. The assembly panel’s report has not been accepted by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government yet, even as Goa’s drug wars spilled out into the streets last week. A serving deputy superintendent of police (SP), formerly attached to the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of the state police points out that the agitation amongst the drug mafia could also be a result of the maverick, but effective style of young Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Karthik Kashyap, who heads the anti-Narc division, until recently a much-maligned unit known for being in cahoots with the drug mafia. “The drug hauls in the recent past have been big spilling into crores of rupees of recovery. And this may have rattled some of the operators. They now cannot afford any more losses and have started a desperate hunt to track down moles and minimize damage by these raids,” the officer said. Obina Paul, the Nigerian whose murder triggered the National Highway blockade by Nigerians last Thursday, could have been one of the suspected moles who spilled the information about a raid on October 27, which netted drugs worth Rs 1 crore and more, the officer suggests. Paul and his friends had been assaulted at a local restaurant a by a local gang on October 30, but the police had refused to register a complaint about the assault. The complaint has been finally registered on Tuesday, five days after Paul’s death. On Thursday, the protesting Nigerians told police as well as the media that the attack was orchestrated by a gang called Chapora boys, a local gang from a coastal village called Chapora, 30 kms from here. Chapora is Goa’s worst kept secret and represents the seedy underbelly of the state’s narco tourism fetish. While the police have conducted raids on the homes of suspects from the village, whether the cops have the balls and the gumption to finally detoxify Chapora is the million dollar question.
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Malaysia Fake work permit ring busted, 44 arrested

Malaysia Fake work permit ring busted, 44 arrested

JOHOR BARU: A syndicate issuing fake temporary work permits to Indian nationals and Nepalese was busted with the arrest of 44 foreigners, including a man acting as the “agent”, in an early morning raid.

The syndicate, which had been operating from a two-storey shophouse in Jalan Besi 1, Taman Sri Putri, Skudai here, for a year, was supplying these illegal workers to various factories.

During the 2.30am raid by the state Immigration Department, 11 of the foreigners, mostly Indian nationals, had tried to escape by cramming themselves intodownload (3) a car parked behind the shophouse. They were stopped by the enforcement officers.

The department’s 6P Operations head and enforcement assistant director, Masri Adul, said factories and companies preferred the illegals as it was cheaper for them to forgo the stringent procedures and levy charges.

“We have identified them (factories) for follow-up action as this is an offence,” he added.

The foreigners had since been sent to the Pekan Nenas immigration depot in Pontian for investigation.
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Malaysia Fake work permit ring busted, 44 arrested

Malaysia Fake work permit ring busted, 44 arrested

JOHOR BARU: A syndicate issuing fake temporary work permits to Indian nationals and Nepalese was busted with the arrest of 44 foreigners, including a man acting as the “agent”, in an early morning raid.

The syndicate, which had been operating from a two-storey shophouse in Jalan Besi 1, Taman Sri Putri, Skudai here, for a year, was supplying these illegal workers to various factories.

During the 2.30am raid by the state Immigration Department, 11 of the foreigners, mostly Indian nationals, had tried to escape by cramming themselves into a car parked behind the shophouse. They were stopped by the enforcement officers.

The department’s 6P Operations head and enforcement assistant director, Masri Adul, said factories and companies preferred the illegals as it was cheaper for them to forgo the stringent procedures and levy charges.

“We have identified them (factories) for follow-up action as this is an offence,” he added.

The foreigners had since been sent to the Pekan Nenas immigration depot in Pontian for investigation.
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OVER 45 FOREIGN NABBED BY IMMIGRATION

OVER 45 FOREIGN  NABBED BY IMMIGRATION

Five security guards, who failed to produce their working permits, were among 50 foreigners arrested during an operation by Immigration Department in Melaka last night.

The security guards, aged between 20 and 30, were nabbed at the guard house of a high-end housing area.

The Immigration officers visited the guard house around 7 pm following a tip-off from residents who were suspicious of the security guards identity.

Initial investigation showed they were Nepalese and have been on the job for more than six months.

Since September 1st, 65 foreign security guards have been detained in the state for not having working permits.

Meanwhile, the other 45 foreigners including eight women who were arrested last night were found not to have valid travel documents or had overstayed.

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ZMAN ANOTHER GREAT NIGERIAN IN MALAYSIA

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POLICE NABBED SOME PEOPLE AT NIGHTSPOT

POLICE NABBED SOME PEOPLE  AT NIGHTSPOT

Eight pole dancers, all foreign women, were nabbed by the Johor Immigration Department at a nightspot in Johor Bahru early this morning.

In the raid at Taman Setia Indah the five Indonesians and three Filipino women, were also found without valid travel documents and have been abusing their social visit passes.

It was understood that the women, aged between 19 and 30, were hired to perform erotic shows to attract customers.

A man, in his late 40s, believed to be the premise owner, were also held for employing foreigners without permit.

All those detained were taken to the Home Ministry complex at Taman Setia Tropika for further action.

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OPS CANTAS WANITA : PENANG POLICE TO LAUNCH WOMEN-ONLY TEAM ON NOV 15

OPS CANTAS WANITA : PENANG POLICE TO LAUNCH WOMEN-ONLY TEAM ON NOV 15

Penang police will launch a special team, consisting of female officers and staff, to handle violent crime cases which involve women.

The move is part of an operation dubbed ‘Ops Cantas Wanita’.

State police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the team, which will be equipped with special gear and weapons, would be launched on November 15th.

Under Ops Cantas, which began on August 17, police have since arrested one thousand 162 suspects believed to be involved in various crimes in the state.

Of that total, 165 detainees were found to be members of triad gangs.

Following the arrests, a total of 4,381 weapons, including firearms, machetes, samurai swords and bombs believed to be used in criminal acts, have also been seized.

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OPS CANTAS WANITA : PENANG POLICE TO LAUNCH WOMEN-ONLY TEAM ON NOV 15

OPS CANTAS WANITA : PENANG POLICE TO LAUNCH WOMEN-ONLY TEAM ON NOV 15

Penang police will launch a special team, consisting of female officers and staff, to handle violent crime cases which involve women.

The move is part of an operation dubbed ‘Ops Cantas Wanita’.

State police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the team, which will be equipped with special gear and weapons, would be launched on November 15th.

Under Ops Cantas, which began on August 17, police have since arrested one thousand 162 suspects believed to be involved in various crimes in the state.

Of that total, 165 detainees were found to be members of triad gangs.

Following the arrests, a total of 4,381 weapons, including firearms, machetes, samurai swords and bombs believed to be used in criminal acts, have also been seized.

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RM2.7 MILLION WORTH OF DRUGS SEIZED

RM2.7 MILLION WORTH OF DRUGS SEIZED

Five international drug trafficking syndicates were busted by police with the arrest of six people including three women.

Federal narcotics CID director, Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said authorities also seized drugs valued at 2.7 million ringgit including 1.5 kilogrammes of liquid cocaine and almost 10 kilogrammes of syabu.

He also said police believed the syndicates had recruited people in third world countries as drug mules.

The first arrest was made on October 27, when a Bolivian man was found with 36 capsules of liquid cocaine, weighing 1.5 kilogrammes, in his stomoch during a body scan by authorities upon his arrival at the KLIA Airport from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

On October 30, a Vietnamese woman was detained with 1.32 kilogrammes of syabu hidden in her luggage at the LCCT and a Cambodian woman was nabbed at the Kuantan airport with three kilogrammes of syabu found in a secret compartment in her bag.

While in Ampang yesterday, two Nigerian men were held with almost two kilogrammes of syabu at a shopping complex parking lot.

Police also detained another Vietnamese woman at a hotel in Kepong on the same day and seized 3.57 kilogrammes of syabu from her.

All those detained, aged between 25 and 41, have been remanded to facilitate investigations under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

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EX-IMMIGRATION DG GETS SIX YEARS JAIL; FINED RM300,000

EX-IMMIGRATION DG GETS SIX YEARS JAIL; FINED RM300,000

Former Immigration director-general Datuk Wahid Md Don was jailed for six years by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today for a 60,000 ringgit bribe.

Judge Rosbiahanin Arifin also fined him 300,000 ringgit for the offence committed five years ago.

If he fails to pay the fine, he will have to serve another 12 months’ jail.

On August 19, 2008, Datuk Wahid, 59, was charged with accepting 60,000 ringgit from businessman Datuk Low Chang Hian as partial payment for expediting the visa approvals for 4,337 Bangladeshis to enter the country.

He was accused of committing the offence at Jalan Lembah Ledang, off jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur on July 10, 2008.

The Sessions Court acquitted him at the end of the prosecution’s case on October 15, 2010.

The prosecution appealed against the decision to the High Court, which upheld it on May 30, 2012.

However, the Court of Appeal allowed the prosecution’s appeal and ordered the accused to enter his defence on April 2nd this year.
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