Mistaken identity beating: Govt gets GSHRC notice
Taking serious cognizance of a mob taking the law into their own hands, the Goa State Human Rights Commission has issued notice to Goa government seeking a reply regarding an incident wherein Sawantwadi-resident Mahadev Jadhav was thrashed by a mob in a case of mistaken identity.
Taking suo motu cognizance of the case, the GSHRC asked Chief Secretary B Vijayan, Director General of Police Kishan Kumar and North Goa Superintendent of Police Vishram Borkar to submit their reports by March 22.
On March 3, a group of Arambol residents and other villagers surrounded Mahadev and brutally beat him after wrongly assuming he was Assagao murder suspect Rajesh Tuyekar. The mob assaulted him with a wooden stick, kicks and fist blows due to which he sustained injuries and was thereafter shifted to GMC.
The victim’s brother Sitaram has already filed a complaint with the local police station seeking criminal action against the assailants.
With police failure to nab the real culprit and people’s desperation, rumours are rife across the north belt that the accused was cited at various places. Rajesh is suspected to have murdered a young woman whose naked body was found in Assagao jungles.
There were reports of some individuals being beaten in Siolim and Morjim while earlier on February 28 during a combing operation on the Sodiem hill, police constables had stopped a youth, who was carrying meals for his family members and workers toiling in the cashew plantations, suspecting his links with Rajesh. He was let off after his elder brother intervened.
Police’s search in the bordering areas of Goa-Karnataka has not yielded results either. Another police team is presently camping in Manali looking for the man after a tip-off. [H]