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The villagers, who had besieged the local Valpoi police station on Wednesday, too decided to call off a fresh protest.

Cops book protesters, Cong leaders for rioting

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:56 AM IST
On Thursday, the Goa Police filed FIRs against a person identified as Vishwesh Prabhu and other unnamed persons for inciting, rioting and preventing government officials from conducting their duties, along with some Congress leaders.
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Goa CM launches helpline for women in distress(Twitter/anilmishjourno)
Goa CM launches helpline for women in distress(Twitter/anilmishjourno)

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant launches a Whatsapp helpline for women in distress

By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Panaji (Goa) [India]
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 10:28 AM IST
In an additional measure of safety for women in the state, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant along with Goa Police launched an exclusive Whatsapp helpline number which ‘will be functional round the clock at the State Police Control Room, Panaji to redress grievances of women in distress’
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Shilpa Surendra Pratap Singh, the professor, insisted her Facebook post was academic in nature and was not intended to hurt sentiments.(AP File)
Shilpa Surendra Pratap Singh, the professor, insisted her Facebook post was academic in nature and was not intended to hurt sentiments.(AP File)

Goa professor booked for ‘outraging religious sentiments’

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 04:05 PM IST
She said her criticism of a set of practices and dogma has little to do with disdain or irreverence for religion or religious believers but more to do with the symbolism they represent
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Poonam Pandey was in Goa in September.
Poonam Pandey was in Goa in September.

Poonam Pandey detained by Goa Police in obscene video case, two cops suspended

By HT Correspondent | Agencies
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 04:29 PM IST
Model-actor Poonam Pandey has been detained by the Goa Police for allegedly shooting an obscene video in the state. Two policemen have been suspended.
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It is high time that some effective steps are taken by the state government to set up a full fledged laboratory in Goa itself, where such drugs and psychotropic substances can be tested within a reasonable period, the court said. (HT Photo)
It is high time that some effective steps are taken by the state government to set up a full fledged laboratory in Goa itself, where such drugs and psychotropic substances can be tested within a reasonable period, the court said. (HT Photo)

‘Extremely sorry state’: Court after Goa says no lab to test seized narcotics

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 02:29 AM IST
The court directed the government to make the lab operational within a period of three months.
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Three persons - Rama Kerkar, 22, Rashmi Kerkar, 44 and Shivaji Kerkar, 34 - have been arrested, said police. (Photo @spnorthgoa)
Three persons - Rama Kerkar, 22, Rashmi Kerkar, 44 and Shivaji Kerkar, 34 - have been arrested, said police. (Photo @spnorthgoa)

Cannabis plantation busted in Goa, 3 arrested: Cops

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 04:53 PM IST
The plantation was busted at Querim village in north Goa along the border with Maharashtra.
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Pooja Bedi said attackers demanded an undisclosed sum of money in order to restore her access to her company’s e-commerce website(HT FILE PHOTO)
Pooja Bedi said attackers demanded an undisclosed sum of money in order to restore her access to her company’s e-commerce website(HT FILE PHOTO)

Ransomware attackers threaten to sell narcotics on Pooja Bedi’s e-commerce website

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 01:45 PM IST
In her complaint, Pooja Bedi said that the attackers have threatened to use her site to sell narcotic drugs if she doesn’t pay up.
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The High Court rapped the Goa Police on the knuckles for not being serious about keeping track of foreigners released on bail.(Representative image/HT PHOTO)
The High Court rapped the Goa Police on the knuckles for not being serious about keeping track of foreigners released on bail.(Representative image/HT PHOTO)

Goa Police ‘lose track’ of 366 foreigners who jumped bail since 2015

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2020 08:41 PM IST
The foreigners who jumped b bail and disappeared are mainly Nigerians but also include Kenyans, Tanzanians, Ghanaians, Israelis and Russians.
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The crime branch of the Goa police had arrested 23 people and seized drugs worth Rs 9 lakh from a villa where the rave party was hosted.(Representative image (unsplash))
The crime branch of the Goa police had arrested 23 people and seized drugs worth Rs 9 lakh from a villa where the rave party was hosted.(Representative image (unsplash))

Sunburn co-promoter arrested for helping organise rave party in Goa

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 11:17 PM IST
Shailesh Shetty is the co-promoter of Sunburn, the biggest dance music festival that returned to Goa last year with the ‘Sunburn Klassique’ avatar in December.
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A representative image of a party. Goa Police raided a hotel in Vagator after receiving information that an underground rave party was being organised at the hotel.(AFP Photo)
A representative image of a party. Goa Police raided a hotel in Vagator after receiving information that an underground rave party was being organised at the hotel.(AFP Photo)

Goa Police bust ‘underground’ rave party, seize drugs worth Rs 9 lakh

By Gerard de Souza
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2020 10:56 AM IST
The police have booked the organisers and the attendees for endangering public safety, organising the party during the coronavirus pandemic as well as violating sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.
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A view of the deserted streets as Goa government has imposed lockdown following the rising cases of Covid-19, in Panaji.(ANI)
A view of the deserted streets as Goa government has imposed lockdown following the rising cases of Covid-19, in Panaji.(ANI)

Despite pandemic, flesh trade thriving as demand persists, say social workers

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 07:53 PM IST
Goa Police has conducted three raids in eight days – between July 20 and 28 -- to bust flesh trade rackets and mushrooming human trafficking networks.
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The Goa Police faced a lot of flak for its initial attempts to enforce the Centre’s move for a 100% lockdown after videos went viral of cops forcibly closing down grocery stores that had opened and chasing back those who ventured out. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)
The Goa Police faced a lot of flak for its initial attempts to enforce the Centre’s move for a 100% lockdown after videos went viral of cops forcibly closing down grocery stores that had opened and chasing back those who ventured out. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)

Cops to crooners: Goa Police now take to singing to urge people to stay home

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2020 03:39 PM IST
Police officers across Goa have begun belting out Konkani ‘cantar’ (songs) that are entirely new compositions or with lyrics modified to the tunes of existing songs to get people to stay indoors during the lockdown.
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A total of 46 people who attended the Jamaat meet in Delhi in March have been identified in Goa. But, only nine of them are believed to have participated in the convention which contributed to the spike of Covid-19 cases in the country.(HT PHOTO.)
A total of 46 people who attended the Jamaat meet in Delhi in March have been identified in Goa. But, only nine of them are believed to have participated in the convention which contributed to the spike of Covid-19 cases in the country.(HT PHOTO.)

Goa man who wished Covid-19 on those dealing with Jamaat attendees in FB post, held

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2020 08:13 PM IST
Mohsin Shaikh, in a Facebook post which he has since deleted, said if the Tablighi Jamaat organisers were wrong they should not be forgiven, but those who are currently harassing them should contract the disease.
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As per a senior police official, the two accused have been booked under charges of rape, murder and destruction of evidence.(HT Photo)
As per a senior police official, the two accused have been booked under charges of rape, murder and destruction of evidence.(HT Photo)

Odisha man held for rape, murder of woman in Goa

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2020 01:51 PM IST
The decomposed body of the woman, who also hailed from Odisha, was found at a forest area in Porvorim near Panaji on February 10.
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The arrested minor, who has allegedly confessed to the crime has been remanded to the state protective home for delinquent children.(HT File Photo (Representative Image))
The arrested minor, who has allegedly confessed to the crime has been remanded to the state protective home for delinquent children.(HT File Photo (Representative Image))

Odisha woman raped in Goa, teen arrested: Cops

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2020 07:28 PM IST
The victim’s body was found on February 11, dumped in an isolated place and was noticed by construction workers who informed the police.
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This was part of a safety drive by the Goa Police to create awareness about the importance of motor vehicle norms, ahead of the festive season.(Facebook)
This was part of a safety drive by the Goa Police to create awareness about the importance of motor vehicle norms, ahead of the festive season.(Facebook)

Christmas 2019: Goa traffic police dresses up as Santa to spread road safety message

By Indo Asian News Service | Panaji
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 07:36 PM IST
According to inspector in-charge of the Panaji Traffic Cell Brendon D’Souza, the aim of the initiative was to create awareness about following the traffic norms and considering the festive season, Santa Claus was best suited to reach out to the traffic rule violators.
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The police also claimed that he was offered to search the members of the raiding party before they frisked him.(HT file photo)
The police also claimed that he was offered to search the members of the raiding party before they frisked him.(HT file photo)

‘He didn’t understand English’: Court frees Japanese man held in drugs case

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 05:17 PM IST
Yusuju Hinagata was arrested in July 2013 by the Anti-Narcotic Cell of the Goa Police. He was convicted by the special judge in 2016 who sentenced him to serve 10 years in jail.
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The victim is believed to have committed suicide and the police have registered a case of unnatural death.(Getty Images)
The victim is believed to have committed suicide and the police have registered a case of unnatural death.(Getty Images)

Goa cops still to establish identity of foreigner found hanging from tree

By Gerard De Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 02:03 PM IST
A Caucasian woman, aged 35-40 years, was found hanging from a tree on September 28, but her identity has baffled investigators who are yet to find out who she is.
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The girl’s father had approached Rishra police station in Hooghly district of West Bengal against Ganguly, a senior police officer earlier said.(HT image)
The girl’s father had approached Rishra police station in Hooghly district of West Bengal against Ganguly, a senior police officer earlier said.(HT image)

Rape case: Swimming coach sent in 6-day police remand

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 09:37 PM IST
Goa police were earlier granted three-day transit custody of the accused by a Delhi court.
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The Goa Police were on the lookout for Ganguly ever since the 15-year-old swimmer went public accusing him of molesting her on multiple occasions in Mapusa in North Goa, where he Ganguly stays.(PTI image)
The Goa Police were on the lookout for Ganguly ever since the 15-year-old swimmer went public accusing him of molesting her on multiple occasions in Mapusa in North Goa, where he Ganguly stays.(PTI image)

Goa swimming coach, accused of molestation, held

By Gerard de Souza | Panaji
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 01:50 AM IST
Speaking to Hindustan Times, police inspector of the Mapusa Police station, Kapil Nayak, said, “Based on our technical surveillance and local intelligence, we managed to track him in Delhi.
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Representational photo.(File/AP)
Representational photo.(File/AP)

Goa swimming coach, accused of rape, arrested in Delhi

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 08:29 PM IST
Goa Police on Thursday registered a case of rape against Ganguly, who was employed with the Goa Swimming Association (GSA).
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The high court took suo motu cognisance of the photograph which appeared in newspapers with cops posing with the mother.(iStockphoto)
The high court took suo motu cognisance of the photograph which appeared in newspapers with cops posing with the mother.(iStockphoto)

‘Like hunters posing with trophy’: HC lays into Goa Police for parading mother who abandoned newborn

By Gerard de Souza | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 08:32 PM IST
The Mapusa Police had arrested a couple from Aurangabad for abandoning a male newborn child, as they couldn’t bear the expenses of raising the infant.
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The Goa Police arrested a 19-year-old man from Solapur on Sunday for allegedly stalking and slapping a Russian woman tourist at Arpora.
The Goa Police arrested a 19-year-old man from Solapur on Sunday for allegedly stalking and slapping a Russian woman tourist at Arpora.

Solapur man stalks, slaps Russian woman in Goa, held

By Gerard de Souza | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 01:28 AM IST
In her complaint to the police, the tourist alleged that on May 15, as she was walking to her rented accommodation after visiting an ATM at Arpora, she was followed by the man on a scooter and was offered a drop home.
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Man held in Ludhiana for killing wife in Goa hotel(HT File)
Man held in Ludhiana for killing wife in Goa hotel(HT File)

Man held in Ludhiana for killing wife in Goa hotel

By HT Correspondent | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2019 12:58 AM IST
Superintendent of police (crime) Pankaj Kumar Singh said Sukhwinder Singh, who was hiding in Ludhiana, had confessed to have murdered his wife by slitting her throat with a knife following a heated argument.
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Anuradha Kapoor (left) and Molly Kapoor were nabbed from a hotel in south Delhi’s New Friends Colony on Saturday.(Photo: Sourced)
Anuradha Kapoor (left) and Molly Kapoor were nabbed from a hotel in south Delhi’s New Friends Colony on Saturday.(Photo: Sourced)

Mother, daughter ‘sell’ same Delhi house to 5 different persons; cheat them of Rs 2.5 crore

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2019 09:20 AM IST
The two, identified as Molly Kapoor and her daughter Anuradha Kapoor, had been declared proclaimed offenders (POs) in three cases of cheating that were registered against them between 2014 and 2015.
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Police in Goa booked a 35-year-old state government employee for dressing as a Muslim woman in a burkha, and entering a ladies toilet at the central bus stand in Panaji, on Saturday.(HT File Photo)
Police in Goa booked a 35-year-old state government employee for dressing as a Muslim woman in a burkha, and entering a ladies toilet at the central bus stand in Panaji, on Saturday.(HT File Photo)

Goa man wears burkha, enters ladies toilet at bus stand, booked

By Indo Asian News Service | Panaji
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2019 09:27 AM IST
The accused, Virgil Fernandes was booked after he was caught by the commuters, while exiting a ladies toilet at the bus stand, wearing a burkha and black head gear.
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The dead man's body. Focus on hand(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The dead man's body. Focus on hand(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Ex-minister’s son, another arrested for Goa factory blast that killed two

By HT Correspondent | Panaji, Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2019 04:31 PM IST
The boiler of the plant located within an industrial estate at Tuem village in North Goa exploded on January 12 critically injuring three persons who of whom succumbed to their injuries. Akhil Naik and Ajit Neke succumbed to their injuries.
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Azizi has been booked for rape and remanded in three days’ police custody.(File photo)
Azizi has been booked for rape and remanded in three days’ police custody.(File photo)

Iranian man arrested for rape in Goa

By HT Correspondent | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2019 08:17 PM IST
The accused, Majid Azizi was previously arrested by the police in connection with a narcotics case but was out on bail and residing at Arambol, a beach village in Goa’s north.
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A 24-year-old man arrested in a gang-rape case in Goa escaped from police custody here Monday when he was brought to a hospital for medical treatment(HT File Photo)
A 24-year-old man arrested in a gang-rape case in Goa escaped from police custody here Monday when he was brought to a hospital for medical treatment(HT File Photo)

Rape accused escapes from police custody in Goa

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2018 01:46 PM IST
Ishwar Makwana, who hails from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, was arrested by the Goa Police along with two other men from MP in May this year for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman at a beach in South Goa district.
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Actor Prateik Babbar’s car allegedly dashed a scooter on the Panaji- Mapusa highway Wednesday evening following which a case of rash driving was registered against him.(IANS File Photo)
Actor Prateik Babbar’s car allegedly dashed a scooter on the Panaji- Mapusa highway Wednesday evening following which a case of rash driving was registered against him.(IANS File Photo)

Prateik Babbar refuses blood test after being booked for rash driving in Goa

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 12:50 PM IST
The police wanted his blood sample to check whether the actor, who is in his early 30s, was driving under the influence of alcohol, an official said.
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