Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar triggered a controversy on Tuesday, when he categorically stated that state Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) was conducting door to door checking of Jammu and Kashmir individuals, who are migrants in the state.
In a written reply to a question raised by Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho over control on crimes by migrant labour, the chief minister said that to remain abreast of situations among migrants, the concerned police beat staff regularly visits their respective jurisdiction and ensures that the details of the migrants/ tenants are filled in ‘Tenant Verification Form’ and submitted to the police station.
“In addition to the above, Anti Terrorist Squad – Goa (ATS) also does door to door checking of migrants and J&K individuals,” he said. He also hailed the effective measures by the Goa Police for drastic decrease in crime by 31.18 per cent in the year 2015 in comparison to 2014.
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However, the comment did not go well with the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC), who suggested that the chief minister be reminded that Jammu and Kashmir was a part of sovereign India.
“What is the reason to single-out people from a particular state, let the chief minister say migrants. It is highly undemocratic and prejudicial of the state police to profile and selectively check or verify people on the basis of their place of origin, that those belonging to India. J&K is the sovereign part of India for CM’s information,” Sunil Kawthankar of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee said.
The copy of the reply from Parsekar is in the possession of The Indian Express.