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Irate mob attacks police station in Goa

The mob threw stones at the police station and shouted at the authorities demanding immediate release.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 16:58 IST
United News of India
United News of India

Police on Saturday burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to quell an irate mobthat attacked South Goa's Curchorem police station seeking release of people arrested in connection with Friday's demolition of a place of worship.

The mob threw stones at the police station and shouted at the authorities demanding immediate release.

As many as 180 people have been taken into custody for violation of prohibitory orders.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Crime) Ujjwal Mishrasaid the situation was brought under control before noon and the mob had dispersed. The people taken into custody would be released later, he said.

Goa Governor SC Jamir, Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane and Opposition leader Manohar Parrikar of the BJP, visited the trouble-torn area and appealed to the people to maintain communal harmony.

A contingent of the Rapid Action Force was deployed in the vulnerable areas of Curchorem and Saverdem.

Police was also patrolling the area, even as efforts were underway to apprehend those responsible for demolition of the disputed structure.

The trouble sparked three days ago following a minority group obtaining stay from the directorate of panchayats against the orders of Guddamol village panchayat for demolition of the structure, considered illegal.

This snow-balled into a battle on Friday in which stones and other materials were freely used between two communities forcing the police to burst teargas shells and lathicharge, besides imposing prohibitory orders sinceFriday evening.

Violating the prohibitory orders, the mob thronged in front of the police station today demanding release of the people arrested last night, renewing the tension.

Police kept a constant vigil to check unruly elements, amid false reports of some fundamentalists trying to incite communal violence in the otherwise peaceful area.

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 16:58 IST