House in Betalbatim comes under villagers’ scanner


Betalbatim village witnessed an uproar on Monday after villagers suspected miscreants of taking shelter in a house.
Villagers assembled in large numbers outside the house, even as Colva police led by PSI Tulsidas Naik descended on the spot to verify the claim made by villagers.
What triggered suspicion over the presence of miscreants was that a person was seen at the closed house last night, while a portion of the window grill was found cut-open.  A Colva police constable tried to find out whether a human being can gain entry into the house through the cut grill.
The house was later searched by a team of Colva police along with some villagers but no person was found inside.
Village Sarpanch Esperance Fernandes however expressed his unhappiness that the exercise was carried out in broad daylight when the operation was planned around midnight tonight. 
A visible agitated sarpanch protested over the operation and demanded to know the purpose served by entering the house in broad daylight. “We had information that the house was being used by some miscreants to take shelter. Accordingly, we had planned to trap the miscreant tonight at midnight with the help of the police”, she said, while lamenting that the operation in broad daylight would alert the suspected miscreants.
Betalbatim was in the news last month after a SSC girl student was attacked with a knife by a migrant construction worker, while in another incident, a 42-year old woman was attacked by a migrant with a beer bottle on her head. [H]