Personal enmity hijacks Sangolda gram sabha

Sangolda: The Sangolda gram sabha was hijacked on Sunday
by personal enmity of two families, whose women members slugged it out with
each other.

The gram sabha was called off due to the fight between
the two families in the panchayat hall over alleged dispute on paddy fields.
Members of both the families went to the Saligao police station and filed
complaints against each other.

A police constable, who belongs to one of the
families and who attended the gram
sabha, was booked by the police for allegedly molesting a woman during the
meeting.

The gram sabha began on a stormy note as villagers
objected to the resolution adopted during the previous gram sabha on widening
of the CHOGM Road.

The villagers demanded that panchayat secretary Pooja
Gawas must take back the particular resolution. Hence the resolution was
withdrawn.

The villagers pressed for action on another resolution
adopted at the gram sabha held on July 7, which had accused one Washington
Pereira of siphoning off lakhs of rupees as connected to the Sangolda football
ground.

Pereira, who was attending the gram sabha on Sunday,
tried to clear the air, saying that the matter is in the court. However, the
adamant villagers demanded that the resolution as regards Pereira’s case must
not be revoked by the gram sabha.

The villagers’ persistence led to heated arguments
between two groups – one led by Pereira and the other by Suhanan Naik, a police
constable attached to the GRP.

Samson Dias, who rallied behind Pereira, accused sarpanch
Avinash Naik of supporting illegalities.

The duel took an ugly turn when women members of Dias and
Naik families started pulling each other’s hairs.

It must be mentioned here that that there was no woman police constable at the gram sabha,
which began at 10 am.

The villagers took the sarpanch to task for not arranging
sound system for the meeting. Moreover, lights were put off when the gram sabha
began.

Sultana Dias, sister of Samson Dias, filed a complaint
with the Saligao police station against Suhanan Naik for allegedly molesting
her.

A counter-complaint was filed by Deepali Naik, who is
related to the police constable, against Samson Dias’ brother Ibrahim Dias for
allegedly using pepper spray.

The Sangolda sarpanch also filed a police complaint
against Samson Dias and Pereira for abusing him and disrupting the gram sabha
proceedings.

The police filed an FIR against the police constable
under Section 354 of the Indian Police Code.

The police also booked Ibrahim Dias under Section 324 of
the IPC.

They said that members of both the groups were sent for a
medical checkup at the Candolim public
health centre.

Later, they were shifted to the district hospital at
Mapusa.

Medical reports are awaited, and investigation is in
progress.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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