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Goa police arrest suspected drug dealer and restaurant owner


By CNBCTV18.com IST (Released)

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Goa Police on Saturday arrested a North Goa restaurant owner and suspected peddler, who allegedly supplied drugs to the two defendants arrested in the murder case of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sonali Phogat.

Goa Police on Saturday arrested a North Goa restaurant owner and a suspected peddler, who allegedly supplied drugs to the two defendants arrested in the murder case of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sonali Phogat, a a senior officer told PTI. The alleged drug trafficker, Dattaprasad Gaonkar, was arrested in Anjuna after the two defendants “confessed” in their statements that they bought drugs from him, the officer said.

Another detained man is identified as Edwin Nunes, the owner of the Curlies restaurant, where Phogat was partying late at night on August 22 before he died in mysterious circumstances.

A Goa court on Saturday placed the accused duo – Sudhir Sagwan and Sukhwinder Singh – in custody for 10 days. They were brought before the Mapusa City Court by Anjuna Police on Saturday. Goa Police had arrested them escorting Phogat, a popular TikTok star from Haryana to Goa. Phogat, 42, was brought dead to St Anthony’s Hospital in Anjuna in North Goa district on the morning of August 23 from her hotel.

Police said on Friday that Sagwan and Singh allegedly mixed an “unpleasant substance” in water and forced Phogat to drink it while partying at Curlies restaurant on the night of August 22-23, adding that they had been charged with murder. The motive for Phogat’s alleged murder could be “economic interest”, a senior police officer said.

Congress also demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the alleged murder, saying police were trying to cover up the matter.

“There’s more to this murder than meets the eye and every angle needs to be looked at. Cases like this need to be investigated by the CBI to find out the truth,” the chief said. opposition of Goa, Michael Lobo.

(With PTI inputs)


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