Congress MLA among 3 held for molesting woman, during anti-encroachment drive in Goa


Panaji: In an appalling case reported from Goa, Panaji the newly elected Panaji MLA Atanasio Monserratte of the Congress party along with the city mayor Uday Madkaikar are among three held for molesting a woman. The trio allegedly molested the woman during an anti-encroachment drive and they were apprehended on Saturday.

The drive was initiated by the city corporation of Panaji, to clear encroachments of the off-shore casinos which have been anchored in the river Mandovi.

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According to a report by the news agency PTI, one of the off-shore casinos had allegedly encroached on a footpath and workers of the civic body had gone to the spot on Friday to clear it. Monserratte, Madkaikar and former Panaji Mayor Yatin Parekh were accompanying them.

Meanwhile, a woman complainant, who was part of the group that opposed the demolition of a staircase constructed by the offshore casino operator told the police that Monserrate, Madkaikar and Parekh inappropriately touched her, abused her and outraged her modesty. The police officials told PTI, that the woman lodged her complaint late last night, in which she alleged that all the accused threatened to kill her.

Panaji police sub-inspector Arun Abhay Gawas Desai mentioned that based on her complaint, the trio was booked under IPC sections 323 voluntarily causing hurt, 354 assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, for outraging modesty, 504  intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace, 506 criminal intimidation and 509 word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.

However, the accused has rubbished all claims and mentioned that no such incident happened on that day. He further told PTI that he was present at the site only to oversee the demolition work being conducted by the civic body. And none of the people mentioned in the woman’s complaint were involved in any such action of outraging modesty.

The police investigation in the case is underway.  (AGENCIES)