Vasco bandh evokes mixed response
The Vasco bandh call given by the Mormugao Taluka Action Committee (MTAC) to protest against the rape on a seven-year-old schoolgirl and to condemn the failure on the part of the state government and police authorities to arrest the accused evoked mixed response on Tuesday as some shopkeepers pulled down shutters while others carried on with their activities.
The Vasco police arrested six persons including the former revenue minister, Jose Philip D’Souza, his brother and Mormugao municipal councillor, Pascoal D’Souza, Pritam Naik, Asif Shaikh, Abdul Shaikh and Gurudas Tari at around 10.30 am for forming an unlawful assembly and restraining vehicles and pedestrians by blocking the roads and threatening the shopkeepers to shut down their shops. A complaint in this regard has been lodged by police sub-inspector, Mr Girendra Naik on behalf of the state.
The Vasco police have registered an offence under Sections 143, 147, 341, 506 (II), read with 149 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the six persons for forming an unlawful assembly, wrongfully restraining people, provoking shopkeepers to shut down their shops and threatening them with common intension. [NT]