Youth Congress workers injured as police charge morcha
Tiswadi Mamlatdar says he did not order the charge of lathi; Police say no permission was sought for a rally
PANJIM: On Wednesday evening, the Panjim police indicted activists of the Youth Congress, injuring several, including one seriously, during the “Mashal Morcha” organized against the government of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the capital of the state.
The incident occurred when a large number of Youth Congress activists led by Goa Pradesh Youth Congress (GPYC) President Varad Mardolkar pulled out a “Mashal Morcha” from the Azad Maidan. .
Curtorim MP Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, GPCC Vice President Sankalp Amonkar, General Secretary Janardhan Bhandari, Congress President Mahila Beena Naik and Raju Cabral were also present.
As the morcha made its way to the offices of the offshore casinos, police attempted to arrest them near the Mandovi Hotel. Seeing this, the protesters changed their route and turned to another route where the police again arrested them.
This annoyed the Youth Congress workers who rushed through the police and tried to break the cordon. The police tried to push them back and resorted to a lathi charge to disperse them.
During lathi’s indictment, several members of the Youth Congress were injured and one of the members of Congress identified as Sajida Begum (46) from Corlim was seriously injured and was admitted to a private hospital. Another member, Uday Pai, was treated at a private hospital in Vasco and was released later that night.
GPYC chairman Varad Mardolkar claimed police unlawfully used lathi to accuse the peaceful protest and that there was no order from the Tiswadi magistrate. He said this was the second time police have charged members of the Youth Congress, the other being last month. Mardolkar said he asked for permission but was not granted.
Tiswadi Mamlatdar Rahul Desai said he did not order the indictment of lathi. Panjim Police Inspector Suddesh Naik told the Herald that the protesters failed to obtain the necessary permission from the district magistrate to organize a rally in the town. He said police were informed that a protest would take place outside the congressional office, but later nearly 300 protesters staged a mashal rally that was illegal and attempted to break the police cordon.
GPCC Chairman Girish Chodankar condemned Lathi’s accusation against members of the Youth Congress. He tweeted: âThe ruthless and brutal arrogance of BJP @ BJP4Goa and CM @DrPramodPSawant was on display when he ordered police to indict the peaceful ‘Mashal Morcha’ of Goa Pradesh Youth Congress workers in #Panaji. #Goa observes atrocities committed on peaceful citizens. The days of BJP are numbered.
Chodankar demanded that the Director General of Police (DGP) reveal who ordered lathi’s indictment and why peaceful protesters were attacked. “Why are the police acting as the personal force of the BJP?” Why have even the female demonstrators been prosecuted and the lathi charged? What was the fear about “Mashal Morcha?” ” He asked.