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.Updated: Sep 17, 2008, 14:16 IST
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.