Goa ex-minister, mayor held for attack on police station
Posted on: 08:08 AM IST Feb 20, 2008
Panaji: Former Goa minister and MLA Atanasio Monserratte along with city Mayor Tony Rodrigues was detained on Tuesday night after a mob, led by them, attacked Panaji police station, setting three vehicles on fire.
About 25 policemen were also injured during the clash. The situation in Panaji and surrounding areas remained tensed as police launched a major operation to arrest the supporters of Monserratte, who had earlier attacked the police station.
Trouble began on Tuesday evening when two rival gangs clashed with each other at Taleigao here. Police later arrested two persons acting upon a complaint.
This irked Monserratte supporters who led a huge morcha at the police station. The situation went out of control when agitators began pelting stones at the police station and later torched three vehicles.
In an attempt to bring the situation under control, police resorted to lathi charge and fired tear gas to disperse the mob.
The police then went to Monserratte's residence and ransacked his bungalow, detaining his wife, who is also a political activist.
Later, Monserratte, who had arrived with the city Mayor was also detained by the police, police said.
Police had taken charge of the entire city and media was asked to leave the place.