Bandh called off, businessmen relieved


Business establishments in port town on Wednesday heaved a sigh of relief after the bandh called to protest against the sexual assault on the 7-year-old schoolgirl in her school, was called off at the last moment.
Speaking to Herald, some bus operators stated that shutting down their activities would cause them heavy losses.
“We faced a substantial loss on Tuesday and Wednesday’s Bandh would have only added to the loss,” said a bus operator.
Shopkeepers said they too face similar problem and the most affected people during the bandh are the daily wages workers who buy their provisions on daily basis.
The hoteliers also relieved a sigh of relief as most of their food items got spoilt on Tuesday due to the Bandh.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference, former Vasco MLA Jose Philip D’Souza condemned the inhuman act and urged police to arrest the culprit at the earliest. 
He also blamed the school management and said if such a protected school can face such problem, others which do not have any security will be more vulnerable to such crimes.
“The school management should install CCTVs and increase security personnel in the school premises,” he said and served an ultimatum of seven days to arrest the culprit failing which, he will be forced take people on the streets to address the issue.
In another press briefing, some parents have condemned the apathy of the police and the school management in handling the issue and demanded stern action against the school headmistress and the class teacher.
They also urged the management to initiate an enquiry against the security on duty on the fateful day, due to whose negligence the culprit entered the school premises and committed the crime.
The parents have decided to take out a protest rally from the school premises to Mormugao deputy collector’s office on Thursday at 8 am to expedite the issue.
When contacted, Vasco Police said they have not given any permission for the protest rally. [H]