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Tension grips South Goa's coastal village

Tension gripped Benaulim after a mob opposing a mega housing project in the village attacked the houses of head-woman and other panchayat members over the arrest of their two leaders.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2008 14:16 IST

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Tension gripped South Goa's coastal village Benaulim after a mob opposing a mega housing project in the village attacked the houses of head-woman and other panchayat members over the arrest of their two leaders.

The trouble began on Tuesday evening when Colva police, under whose jurisdiction the village falls, intercepted a bus and arrested the alleged accused involved in attacking the local panchayat last week.

The mob allegedly attacked the houses of head-woman Carmelina Fernande and other panchayat members and vandalised property and vehicles, after holding a rally outside the police station on Tuesday evening.

Sensing trouble, police released both the leaders and increased security of the area.

Police is yet to receive a formal complaint in this matter.

"Sarpanch is reluctant to lodge a complaint as the mob may turn more violent," a police officer said adding the situation is under control.

Benaulim village, a famous tourist destination with a prestine beach to reckon with, is opposing a mega housing project and had violent gram sabha meetings in which local panchayat members were targeted.