Vasco rape: Congress demands arrest of headmistress, class teacher

The Congress party on Friday called for immediate arrest of the headmistress, the class teacher and the Central Industrial Security Force personnel guarding the gates of the school in the port town of Vasco in which a seven-year-old girl was raped.

The party also called for their sustained interrogation to get to the truth.
Addressing a press conference, the Congress spokesman, Mr Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco told reporters that even though four days have passed by there was no sign of investigating officials identifying the person involved in the heinous crime, even as he accused that systematic efforts were being made by the authorities to ensure that the “movement” against the crime was diluted.
He said that for the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, who is also the state Home Minister, the issue of the rape of the young girl was too small. “How else can one describe his decision to go ahead with the Jan Sampark Abhiyan,” he asked.
Claiming that law and order in  the state has deteriorated under the present government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Lourenco drew attention to the escape of accused arrested in Colva murder case and the murder of a woman in Assagao on Thursday. He condemned the crimes against women.
Mr Lourenco further said that the Chief Minister, while in opposition, was criticising the then government headed by Congress almost on daily basis has himself failed in improving the administration after change in government and that the law and order was even worse than during the Congress rule.
He also said that upright police officials, including former North Goa Superintendent of Police, Mr Vijay Singh, who had acted against powerful people from the ruling dispensation and gathered evidence against them have been shunted out by the present government, even as he recalled the outburst of Mr Parrikar following the transfer of the then Director General of Police, Dr Aditya Arya.
Stating that the matter was of grave concern for all Goans, especially the victim’s family, Mr Lourenco offered “full” support from his party in any drive to nab the criminal, including reaching sketch of the accused in every house in the port town.
The Congress spokesman further said that Goa being a tourist state cannot afford occurrence of crimes against women, even as he said that Congress would fight along with public if the government agencies failed to nab the criminals involved in crimes against women.
He said that in case the culprits were not arrested before the start of Assembly session then the Congress would demand that the Chief Minister should take moral responsibility and resign from the post. He also said that Congress would hold a series of meetings to create awareness among people.
Another Congress leader, Mr Sankalp Amonkar alleged that leaders who have been championing the cause of the victim and seeking justice for her were being pressurised by the authorities, including the police into giving up the path to agitation. Besides, permissions sought for holding morcha etc were being denied by the authorities, he added.
He alleged that the MPT management was trying to silence the family of the victim, whose mother is their employee, by making a payment of Rs 5 lakh to them to “buy” their silence and that the family has so far resisted the attempts to “win” them over. He also alleged that the management was not ready to part with any information leading to the case. He also alleged that the accused was known to all in the school. [NT]