3 drivers hurt in clash with bouncers at Calangute


Three taxi drivers were injured, two of them seriously, in a clash between taxi drivers and bouncers of a dance bar at Calangute early on New Year's day.
Calangute PI Nolasco Raposo told media persons that two cross-complaints have been filed by taxi drivers and the owner of the bar and restaurant. Ravi Pirankar, one of the injured taxi drivers, lodged the complaint on behalf of the taxi drivers.
Besides Ravi, the other two injured taxi drivers are Viabhav Lotlikar and Godwin Moniz. The owner of Hawai bar and restaurant, has also lodged a complaint that the three taxi drivers illegally trespassed into his property, caused damage and abused him and his staff with filthy words.
Pirankar said the incident occurred on January 1 at 1am when he along with some other taxi drivers were waiting near a hotel on the Calangute-Candolim road. One of the bouncers of a restaurant and disco allegedly came and broke a bottle on the road. When the taxi drivers cautioned him against doing so, a verbal altercation ensued.
The bouncer went back and returned with 14 other men armed with iron rods, sticks, etc, and brutally assaulted the three taxi drivers, two of whom were later admitted to the GMC, the police said.
Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, said, "This incident has happened only because of dance bars. We have asked the chief minister who is also the home minister to tell the Calangute police to shut these places down."
Lobo, along with sarpanch Anna-Marie D'Souza and other panchayat members alleged that all the dance bars which had been shut down in the area have reopened. [TOI]