Panaji: In view of the recent incidents of attacks using swords occurring in the state, the Goa Police is contemplating invoking the stringent National Security Act (NSA) to contain anti-social elements creating public order problems.
According to police, the NSA enables detention of a troublemaker for a year.
It is learnt that the move comes in the backdrop of Sunday night’s brutal attack in which two persons were seriously injured wherein the wrist of one person was chopped off.
In a midnight swoop, the police managed to arrest four accused persons – one was arrested by the Panaji police and three were held by police in Old Goa. The case is being monitored by Superintendent of Police, North, Chandan Choudhary, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Parmaditya and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jaspal Singh.
When contacted, Singh said, “We will expedite action against anti-social elements under preventive action including externment proceedings. Also, we are contemplating taking action under the NSA in deserving cases.”
It is learnt that in this regard, the Goa police department has requested the Home department to constitute a review board for confirmation of NSA proposals.
When asked to comment on the Sunday night incident, Singh said, “This is an isolated incident. They (accused and victims) are residents of the same area and know each other. People should not fear.”
A senior police officer has requested the public to share in confidence with the senior police officials any information pertaining to anti-social elements and said that strict action will be taken against the troublemakers. According to police officials, victims in the Sunday night incident should have referred the matter to the police rather than confronting the accused themselves. Three of the accused who have been arrested by the Old Goa police have been identified as Jack Oliviera (30), Kamlesh Kundaikar (26), both residents of Nagali, Taleigao, and Manish Hadfadkar (22) from Chorao. Panaji police arrested Gavrish Bandodkar (28) from Nagali, Taleigao, and are on the lookout for more accused, who have been reportedly identified and are being traced.
The accused Jack and Kamlesh are drivers by profession and have a criminal background. They were earlier arrested by Old Goa police in connection with an alleged attempt to murder case in 2017. Police said that Jack was also involved in an alleged robbery case registered in Panaji police station.
Referring to the Ribandar incident, Old Goa police inspector Jivba Dalvi said that separate teams were formed and added that they managed to track the three accused in Margao. Accused had planned to flee Goa by train, said Dalvi adding that the weapon used in the assault, a machete (koita), has been recovered at the instance of one of the accused persons. Police have also attached two two-wheelers used by the accused in the crime.
Police has also added IPC Section 201 for destruction of evidence after the accused persons burnt their own mobile phones.
It may be noted that on Sunday night, at Nagali, Taleigao, a group of eight accused persons, four of them wearing masks, allegedly assaulted Eknath Gauns and Yuvnath Kuttikar. After being alerted about the attack, Yuvnath’s brother Krishna, along with his friend Dilip Kankonkar, proceeded on a two-wheeler to track down the accused. Upon reaching Ribandar, they noticed the four accused persons. Police said that the four accused assaulted Krishna and Dilip reportedly using a sword (it has now been revealed to be a machete) and stones and Krishna’s wrist was chopped off.