Kingpin of cocaine racket arrested

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PANAJI: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Goa sub-zone, have arrested Nigerian national, Obieze Uche Christian, who was found to be the kingpin of a drug racket that had been busted in May this year. The police were on the lookout for the kingpin over the last two months after the drug haul of 360g of cocaine worth Rs 1.5 crore that was seized on May 5 this year. In May, NCB’s Mumbai sleuths had intercepted a woman, Kalpana P Ramteke, a resident of Nagpur, Maharashtra, in connection with the Rs 1.5…

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Despite transport dept rebuke, taxi drivers violate uniform rule

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PANAJI: When the transport department cracks the whip on taxi drivers not wearing the prescribed uniform while on duty, a plethora of violations come to the fore. At the Panaji regional transport office (RTO) alone, there are about 10 to 15 such cases a month wherein taxi drivers are caught in casual clothes. June saw 10 such cases in Panaji. This dress code violation invites a penalty of Rs 100. In some cases, where there are repeat offenders, the violating driver’s licence is impounded and a memo is issued to…

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Levinson Martins prohibits sale of liquor in Surla

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PANAJI: North Goa collector Levinson Martins on Thursday prohibited the sale of liquor at Surla, in Sattari taluka, for a period of 30 days from Friday, following complaints of tourists creating nuisance in the village under the influence of alcohol. Surla residents had protested against the nuisance created by tourists and demanded closure of liquor shops in the village. Martins issued the order under Section 29A of the Goa Excise Act, 1964, read with Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1973. “All the liquor bars, shops, pubs,…

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Duo held with 20kg marijuana in Pune

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PUNE: The Pune crime branch recently arrested two men from Phursungi and seized 20kg marijuana and a car collectively worth Rs 5.20 lakh. Police identified the suspects as Yuvraj Balasaheb Jamdade (30) of Borate Vasti, Jamkhed in Ahmednagar district and Ishwar Bhau Pachare (24) of Ghodegaon in Jamkhed. The anti-narcotics cell of the crime branch led by inspector Sunil Dorge has made the arrests. Dorge said that while he and his team were patrolling on Pune-Saswad Road, they noticed one car parked along the road in Bhekarainagar in Phursungi. “There…

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