12 Nigerians

The Goa Police has suspended Jitendra Kambli, a constable attached to the State police’s Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC), suspecting his link to a drug mafia which killed Nigerian national Obado Uzoma Simeon at Parra in north coastal Goa recently.

ANC sources on Tuesday said Kambli, who has been with the ANC for well over two years, is suspected of having leaked information about the police’s movements to the killers.

ANC chief and Superintendent of Police Kartik Kashyap confirmed that Kambli’s suspension was ordered on Monday evening after an inquiry.

The Nigerian national’s murder is suspected to have been a result of gang-rivalry between two drug mafias. Two locals have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder.

Seven police officials attached to the ANC were recently suspended and are currently being tried for their suspected links to the drug mafia.

An Additional Sessions Court in Mapusa in north Goa on Tuesday released on bail 12 Nigerians who were in judicial custody in connection with the Porvorim rioting incident on October 31, in which Nigerians protested the murder of their compatriot in Parra.

The court released them on personal bonds of Rs.10,000 each and directed them not to leave the State without the court’s permission.

Ten other Nigerians, however, were remanded in judicial custody for 10 more days.