GOA CHIEF Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said his government was ready to hand over the probe into the death of Haryana BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), if necessary.
Sawant, who holds the Home portfolio, said, “The Chief Minister of Haryana called me personally yesterday. He said her (Phogat) family members had met him. He requested that if necessary the case should be handed over to the CBI. The Goa government is open to hand over the case to the CBI. The necessary investigation is being carried out in the case but as requested by the Haryana CM, if the need arises, we are prepared to hand over the case to the CBI.”
So far, Phogat’s personal assistant Sudhir Sangvan and his aide Sukhwinder Singh have been arrested for allegedly committing her murder and a separate offence under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been filed against three others — owner of the Curlies beach shack in Anjuna Edwin Nunes, alleged drug peddler Dattaprasad Gaonkar and Rama Mandrekar, who was arrested on Sunday.
“No one will be spared in this case. Anyone who is directly or indirectly involved will be behind bars. We have so far arrested five people. Any links with drugs and its spread will not be tolerated in Goa,” said the Chief Minister.
He said that the state has upped its vigil against drugs. “The Anti-Narcotics Cell has been activated. Tourists come here for the scenic beauty of Goa and they should come here and enjoy it but we will not allow drugs here,” said Sawant.
Phogat, who arrived in Goa on August 22 with the two men now charged with her murder, had visited the popular Curlies beach shack in Anjuna. CCTV footage had shown the accused making Phogat sip a drink out of a bottle. The footage also showed Phogat being held and escorted towards the bathroom by one accused.
According to Goa Police, Sangvan and Sukhwinder had allegedly “forcefully” given Phogat an “obnoxious chemical substance” which was later identified as Methamphetamine by the police. Phogat was declared dead on the morning of August 23 at the St Anthony’s Hospital in Anjuna.
On Sunday, a magistrate court remanded Nunes, Gaonkar and Mandrekar to five days in police custody.