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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ponda police book four migrants, 38 locals for Saturday’s violent clashes

PONDA: Ponda police on Sunday registered cases against four migrants residing in Usgao and 38 locals for the violent clashes that occurred between them on Saturday.
According sources, a petty quarrel between two mining truck drivers over overtaking on a narrow road escalated into a full-blown war in which five houses were destroyed and two shops, a flat, a scrap-yard and some vehicles were set on fire at Usgao.

According to general estimates, property worth Rs 50 lakh was destroyed in the incident. The warring parties also alleged theft of gold ornaments during the violent clashes.
The offences slapped against the migrants include trespass, manhandling, verbal abuse and theft. While the locals are booked for trespass, assault, damaging property and houses, setting shops, a flat and vehicles on fire. The migrant women complained that they were manhandled by the locals who outraged their modesty and attempted to murder them.
Meanwhile, Usgao locals held a public meeting in the village to press for the arrest of Arjun Honchamani, the alleged main accused involved in the attack.
The locals have threatened to lead a protest march to the Ponda police station if the accused migrants are not arrested by Monday.
Meanwhile, the migrant women, whose houses were destroyed on Saturday, said they were living in fear of further attack by the locals who have threatened them to leave the village.
With the tense situation still prevailing in Usgao, the Ponda police have no staff to maintain law and order in the village as most of the cops have been deputed to Margao for providing security for the BRICS summit.
Meanwhile, many Usgao villagers blamed the government for the Saturday’s violent clashes. They opined that had the government stationed sufficient staff at the Ponda police station, the violent clashes which lasted for four hours from 11 am to 3 pm, could have been averted on Saturday.
On a visit to the sites of the violent clashes, it was observed that the houses of migrants damaged in the clashes were located at four different places in the village.
Further, considering the duration of the clashes, if the police had to reach the spot immediately, the clashes could have been averted.

Herald Goa News

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