West Bengal man booked for Betalbatim assault


 While Betalbatim's locals have blamed the presence of migrants in their village for Tuesday's attack on a woman-two such incidents in the same month-the Colva police on Wednesday booked a case of attempt to murder against the accused, Kaartic from West Bengal.
Both, the 42-year-old accused and the victim, Piedade Fernandes, are currently recuperating at Hospicio hospital, Margao.
Police said they would arrest the accused once he is discharged and would interrogate him to establish the motive behind the assault.
On Tuesday afternoon, Piedade was walking towards the beach to check a fishing net when she was hit on the head with a bottle allegedly by the accused who continued to kick her as she screamed.
Local residents nearby who came to Fernandes' aid, began an immediate search for the accused who had scooted. After inquiring at the shack he had bought the bottle at, they found him and beat him up. Police who rushed to the spot took him to Hospicio.
A week ago, at a public meeting to express solidarity with the girl who was brutally attacked by a migrant labour, locals suggested measures to tackle "the menace of criminal intimidation and attacks on their villagers by migrants". A drive to check the number and criminal antecedents of migrants living as tenants was suggested.  [TOI]