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Sub-inspector injured in mob attack as tension builds up in Goa

Written by: Staff

Panaji, Mar 4 (UNI) A police sub-inspector was seriously injured by an irate mob in renewed violence in connection with the demolition of a place of worship two days back.

The sb-inspector, on duty near the Curchorem railway station, was roughed up by miscreants who tried to snatch away his rifle. The police officer and two attackers, who received bullet injuries, were rushed to the Goa Medical College Hospital, according to Deputy Inspector General of Police (Crime) Ujjwal Mishra.

Mr Mishra, however, claimed the situation, though tense, was under control. Jawans of the Rapid Action Force had been positioned at vulnerable areas which observed a ''bandh'' to protest the arrest of many people last evening for violating prohibitory orders.

A mob today threw missiles at the police station and demanded immediate release of those arrested. As many as 180 people, who had been taken into custody, were later released.

Meanwhile, Governor S C Jamir, Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar visited the trouble-torn area and appealed to the people to maintain communal harmony.

Trouble had sparked three days back after a minority group obtained a stay from the Directorate of Panchayats against a Guddamol village panchayat order to demolish an illegal structure.

This snow-balled into a flare-up yesterday between two groups and the police had to burst tear-gas shells and resort to lathi-charge.

Prohibitory orders, too, were imposed since last evening.

Despite the prohibitory orders, the mobs thronged the police station today, demanding release of the people arrested last evening that escalated the tension.


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