Goa- MOPA Airport a ploy to push real estate rates #Makanakamopa


Wednesday, 05 June 2013 | Mayabhushan | Panaji

The proposed Greenfield international airport in Mopa is nothing but a ploy by politicians cutting across political lines to push real estate rates up for their benefits, a group of farmers alleged on Tuesday.

Addressing a Press conference in Panaji on Tuesday, Mopa Vimantall Pidit Xetkar Samiti, a body of farmers protesting against the acquisition of land for the proposed international airport, named three politicians, who had purchased land in the vicinity of the airport site at Mopa village, located 40 kms north of the capital, near the Goa-Maharashtra border.

Samiti’s secretary Sandeep Kambli, said, “Laxmikant Parsenkar, Ramakant Khalap and Wilson Godinho, brother of Congress MLA Mauvin Godinho are those who we know have bought land near Mopa. We have copies of the sale deeds in their names. There maybe more, we do not know about yet,” Kambli said.

The samiti said that the State does not need a second airport and that the new one is being forced on the State. Neither of the politicians named have denied making the purchases rather sought to justify them.

BJP spokesperson Damodar Naik said that the Parsekar’s land purchases at Mopa were genuine and without ulterior motive. Khalap and Mauvin who have both publicly supported the coming up of the new airport have insisted that their support was for the holistic development. and ‘jobs’ a functioning airport would give the local residents.

Goa presently has one airport, run by the Indian Navy, while the civilian terminal is controlled by the Airports Authority of India. The airport is at Dabolim and is equidistant from Goa’s north, south and eastern extremes.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has also defended the airport saying that increasing air passenger traffic, combined with military restrictions on timing and access to areas within the airport had forced both the central as well as the State Government to start another airport in north Goa.

The Mopa airport, on a plateau at Goa’s northernmost tip, however, as been the centre of a political storm especially since the current Government decided to fast track the process, almost creating a North Goa-South Goa divide.

South Goa politicians claim that once Mopa is operational, the military airport at Dabolim would be off-limits to civilians. The extent of how real this fear us was exemplified by the fact that the proponents of the airport have had to repeatedly insist that Dabolim will not be shut down.

Kambli along with 60 farmers have already approached the Bombay High court seeking a stay on the acquisition of over 23 lakh sq mts land required for the airport.

 

#India -Policeman arrested for allegedly molesting woman in Goa town #WTFnews #Vaw


Jan 22, 2013   Panaji, Goa

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Action Taken: Superintendent of Police (North) Vishram Borkar said the constable had been arrested and placed under suspension.
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A policeman was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman on the pretext of conducting an investigation at her residence in Mapusa town near Panaji, police said on Tuesday. Constable Prashant Dawaskar, 30, was arrested on Monday after a woman lodged a complaint with Mapusa police that he, along with four other civilians, ransacked her flat and molested her, while trying to conduct a probe on a complaint against her husband, police said.
The woman and her six-year-old daughter were at home when the alleged offence took place, while her husband was out on his duty. The woman mentioned in her complaint that Dawaskar entered her house on Sunday at around midnight without a woman police constable and body searched her, amounting to molestation.
Superintendent of Police (North) Vishram Borkar said the constable had been arrested and placed under suspension. There was no formal complaint against the woman and the constable acted on his own, Borkar said. The woman alleged that all the persons entered the house forcibly claiming that her husband owed them money.

 

#India -7-year-old school girl raped in a toilet in Goa , headmistress detained for negligence


PTI  PANAJI, JANUARY 15, 2013 | UPDATED 10:44 IST

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Police said that they had still not been able to nab the accused.

A seven-year-old girl wasraped at her school in the port town of Vasco, resulting in huge protests here on Monday night.

Police have detained the headmistress of the school on charges of negligence.

The second grade student was sexually abused in the school toilet next to the office of the headmistress during recess on Monday, by an unidentified person, police saidon Tuesday.

The incident came to light after the minor complained of pain and was referred for medical examination.

Several parents and locals protested outside the school on Monday night questioning the negligence on the part of the school management. As the situation turned tense, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar visited the spot late last night assuring stern action against the accused.

“We will not spare the accused and anyone involved in this crime,” Parrikar said, following which police detained the headmistress.

Police said the culprit is yet to be arrested. A sketch has been prepared based on the description provided by the victim, they said.

Incidentally, the school has been one of the well guarded institute with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel posted at the gate.

Goa Crime Branch to probe seven-year-old’s rape

The Crime Branch has been directed to probe the rape of a seven-year-old girl in the school premises in Vasco, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Tuesday.

While the rapist is still at large, Crime Branch officials have arrested the headmistress of the school for inordinately delaying the registration of a first information report (FIR).

“The Crime Branch will probe the complaint of rape and negligence by the headmistress separately,” the chief minister said.

The chief minister, along with top administration and police officials, had to rush to the school Monday night after irate residents and friends of the victim’s parents laid siege and did not allow the staff to step out.

According to the police, the girl was found Monday in a state of shock in the school toilet, after being raped by an unknown person who had slipped into the school premises in Vasco, 40 km from here.

The education ministry, which is headed by Parrikar, has ordered the school shut for two days in view of public ire.

With IANS inputs.

 

 

Rape of foreigners in Goa has left a permanent scar #Vaw


TNN | Dec 28, 2012, 02.25 AM IST

Rape of foreigners in Goa has left a permanent scar
PANAJI: If Indian women have a hard time bringing to justice their violators, it’s worse for foreign victims of rape. The track record of solving cases of sexual assaults in Goa and bringing the perpetrators to book has been poor if anything to go by the results of investigations involving foreign victims.After much public outcry over four incidents of sexual assaults against foreigners in the last four years, the courts have acquitted the accused in three cases, while the trial of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, who was found dead in 2008 on Anjuna beach, is pending before the court.While exonerating the suspects in the three cases, the courts have castigated the police for lapses in investigation in two separate cases of rape of a Russian woman and a minor. The prosecution‘s charges in rape cases against a few of the politically-linked accused ended in a fiasco partly due to the victim’s fault and also due to the failure of the police to make the cases watertight.In the case of the rape of a 14-year-old German in 2009, the victim and her mother refused to depose in the trial against the former education minister’s son Rohit Monserrate leading to his acquittal.

In another case the same year, local politician John Fernandes got the benefit of doubt as the 26-year-old Russian complainant failed to bring out the true facts of the case before the court. The additional sessions court observed that there were several lapses in investigation and these lapses could have been covered by the prosecution by establishing the case beyond doubt.

In yet another case, a juvenile charged with raping a nine-year-old Russian on Arambol beach in January 2010, was exonerated by the children’s court due to inconsistencies in the testimony of witnesses. The court noted that the identification parade involving the accused was not conducted as per the guidelines. The court stated that the prosecution should have examined the artist, who had drawn the portrait of the suspect after he fled. “Suppression of this material fact from the court should lead to adverse inference,” the court observed.

The case of Scarlett Keeling is the only one that continues in court. In October 2009, CBI had filed a supplementary chargesheet in the case in the children’s court. In March 2010, the court framed charges against Samson D’Souza for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sexual abuse of the victim, while another accused, Placido Carvalho, faces prosecution for abetment of the offences.

While the prosecution has examined some witnesses, the state children’s court in October, 2012, allowed an application filed by CBI seeking the examination of a British witness, Michael Mannion alias Masala (popularly known as Mike Masala), through video-conferencing. The case is likely to come up for hearing next month.

 

#Goa- The year of Rapes : 50 cases this year #Vaw


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By , TNN | Dec 28, 2012, 03.17 AM IST

PANAJI: The year 2012 started started with the betrayal of teacher-student relations. The first rape case of the year was registered against Kanhaiya Naik, a married art teacher, who allegedly raped his student. It was the first of around 50 rape cases this year.

Till November 2012, 982 cases have been registered across the state, across crimes. Police have registered 42 murder cases, 50 rape cases, four dacoity cases, 23 robbery cases, 820 thefts and 46 drug cases.

Compared to last year, rape cases have increased by 29, to 50 cases (till November), and a majority of victims are minors, while the accused persons are teachers, friends or unidentified persons.

The first case came to light on January, 18, 2012, when Naik was arrested by Panaji police for allegedly raping his student. On December 29, 2011, Naik picked up the girl from her residence, stating that he would give her career guidance, and took her to his flat at Ribandar. Police sources said that Naik clicked photographs of the girl and molested her. The incident came to light on December 31, 2011, when the girl’s mother saw some marks on her neck. Sources said that when her mother questioned her, she revealed that Naik had molested her.

After Naik was granted bail on July 10, 2012, the victim committed suicide, succumbing to 90% burn injuries. Naik was again arrested for abetment of suicide and later, he was released on bail. Police have filed a chargesheet in the case.

In another case in January, a16-year-old girl was raped in a bus at Dona Paula. Police registered a case of rape and arrested 22-year-old Shrikant Baranappa of Hubli.

The girl had gone to work at a house in Taleigao, as her mother, who was working as a domestic help at the house, had fallen ill. As she found the house locked, she sat at a garden in Taleigao waiting for her mother’s employers to return, when she met Baranappa, who was known to her.

The girl said Baranappa approached her and told her that it was unsafe to sit alone in the garden and that he would drop her home on his bike. Since she knew the man and trusted him, the girl went with him but instead of taking her home, Baranappa took her to Dona Paula, pushed her into a parked bus and then raped her there.

Police added that Baranappa forcibly kept the girl in the bus throughout the night and only allowed her to go in the morning, after threatening her that if she told anyone about the incident, he would trace her and kill her. Frightened, the victim, instead of going home to her parents, went to her grandparents’ home in Hubli, police said. She was then convinced to return to Goa and narrated the incident to her mother and the mother lodged a complaint. Police have filed the chargesheeted in the case.

On September 26, 2012, an unidentified person took a minor girl to Panaji and after confining her to his house in Porvorim, raped her. He later handed the victim over to another unidentified person, who took her to Miramar beach and molested her. After confining her to his house till October 6, he brought the minor to Margao and left her at the KTC bus stand. While at the KTC bus stand, Wassim Kalaigar, a resident of Margao, got acquainted with the minor and took her to an ice cream parlour at Margao, where he too raped her. Kalaigar then brought her back to the KTC bus stand, Margao, from where she left for Panaji.

After the victim’s relatives noticed her in Panaji, they dropped her back to her house and after the victim narrated the incident, a case was lodged at Margao police station. Three accused are released on bail, while two are in judicial lockup. The case is under investigation.

In December, a 16-year old girl was raped by two persons at two different locations, while one of the accused was a classmate of the victim and also a minor.

Police sources told TOI that the accused lured the girl to a cinema hall to watch a movie after skipping classes. Both are students of a higher secondary school near Margao. After watching the movie together, he forcibly took her to a toilet within the complex and had sexual intercourse with her.

The minor accused then called up one of his friends and asked him to meet him at the nearby KTC bus stand, Margao. The other accused person then came to the KTC bus stand on a bike, and forcibly took her to some unidentified, isolated place, where he also raped her. The accused also took video clippings of the act.

Police have arrested the minor boy and kept him in a protective home. The unidentified person is yet to be traced.