log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2022 14 pages PRICE ` 8 GOA Hectic parleys on as date for poll of MMC chief announced IN SHORT >> Power cut in Mapusa, parts of Bardez MAPUSA: Parts of Bardez especially Siolim and Mapusa faced major power failure after one of the four main transformers at the Mapusa power sub-station failed late Sunday evening. A fault at the 33KV line from Tivim to Mapusa sub-station which was later rectified also added to the power woes. >> See pg 3 Silly Souls matter posted for Oct 13 PANAJI: Excise Commissioner Narayan Gad on Monday took on record the counter-reply filed by lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues in the matter of the excise licence of the controversial ‘Silly Souls Café and Bar’ in Assagao and fixed it for final arguments on October 13. >> See pg 3 Big decline in Covid cases, 53 test +ve PANAJI: Covid cases saw a big decline in the State with 53 new cases coming to light from the 486 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours. The daily health bulletin reported that 52 recovered from the virus while the active caseload was at 559. Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 86 GOA Illegalities along beach belt due to shortage of coastal police: Khaunte 3 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday approved the request of the State government for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over the probe in the case of alleged murder of TikTok star and BJP leader Sonali Phogat. Earlier on Monday, Chief Minister Sawant said he had decided to hand over the investigation into the case to the CBI, a day after the Khap panchayat in her native Hisar district voiced the demand and threatened a mass stir. “I will write to Union Home Minister today requesting him to hand over Sonali Phogat murder case to Central Bureau of Investigation. Due to Family welcomes CBI probe HISAR: BJP politician Sonali Phogat’s family on Monday welcomed the Centre’s decision for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into her death. Rinku Phogat, brother of Sonali Phogat, said that “our family has been demanding CBI investigation in this matter right from the start”. He said the family suspects a “conspiracy” behind her death and only a CBI probe can bring the truth out. Rinku expressed confidence that the agency will probe deeply into the matter. continuous demand from the daughter of Sonali Phogat and the public, we have decided to hand over this case to CBI,” Sawant had said while speaking to the media in the capital. “Goa Police had actually almost reached close to cracking the case”, Sawant claimed. Sawan has been under pressure to hand over the case to the CBI soon after Phogat died on August 23 after a night out at the controversial Curlies shack in Anjuna. WEATHER >> Max: 28 C Min: 24 C Humidity: 90% TIDES Low: High: 06:21 18:50 00:32 12:30 Benefits of passion fruit seeds for skin, hair and health 9 Initially being pursued as a case of cardiac arrest, police later booked it as a case of murder alleging that she was drugged by spiking her drink with ‘obnoxious chemicals’. Two of Phogat’s associates -- Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh -- who were with her through her stay in Goa and in the hours leading to her death were arrested and are still in custody. However the family of Phogat, who shot to fame online by uploading TikTok video content and unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Harya n a election, including her teenage daughter have publicly expressed dissatisfaction with the Goa police probe. They approached Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar with their demand for a CBI probe and the latter placed the demand before Sawant. Until now, Sawant had managed to stave off the pressure and declined to bring in the Central agency by sharing a ‘confidential note’ about the progress of the investigation with his Haryana counterpart. He however finally gave in after Sunday’s demand and threat of a mass agitation by the Hisar khap panchayat which is said to be politically powerful in the Hindi belt State. >Continued on P5 T 14 ‘Tur dal’ case: Six indicted; Sawant wants strict action THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said some five to six persons have been indicted by the Vigilance Department probe into the shocking case of some 200 tonnes of tur dal stock worth several crores of rupees having rotted in godowns of the Civil Supplies department. “I think five or six persons are indicted. I have put a noting that strict action be taken and maximum punishment given,” Sawant said while speaking to media. The chief minister also said that a similar matter of sugar stocks being wasted has also come for his consideration and he has made similar remarks to ensure those responsible are taken to task. Senior Goa civil services officer, Siddhivinayak Naik, who headed the civil supplies department, was suspended for his alleged role in the mat- Sawant said that a similar matter of sugar stocks being wasted has also come for his consideration and he has made similar remarks to ensure those responsible are taken to task ter. The 240 tonnes of tur dal which rotted beyond human consumption came to light after current Civil Supplies Director Gopal Parsekar moved a note for a vigilance inquiry. Parsekar had also called for an auction of the stock on an “as is where is” basis but there were no takers. Strangely the tur dal, which is not commonly consumed or form part of Goans staple diet, >Continued on P5 THE DAY THAT WAS THE GOAN I NETWORK Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão being greeted on his arrival at Dabolim airport. Hundreds throng to greet Cardinal Ferrão on arrival THE GOAN I NETWORK VASCO It may have been the wee hours of Monday but that did not stop the outpouring of jubilation and excitement among several hundreds of people, as they welcomed Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão, the first cardinal in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, on his arrival in the State. Such was the enthusiasm among people, which included legislators, priests and people, that they gathered at the ON PAGE 3 MLAs, priests hail Cardinal Ferrão Aldonkars welcome illustrious son Dabolim Airport even before Cardinal Ferrão arrived by the 2.30 am flight to Goa, following his visit in Rome to attend the Consistory on August 27, where he was made cardinal by Pope Francis. Among those present to receive the Cardinal Ferrão at the airport included the cardinal’s secretary Fr Joaquim Loiola Pereira, Vicar General Fr Jose Remedios Fernandes, Chancellor of the Archdiocese Fr Romeo Monteiro, Fr Lenoy Dias, Fr Bolmax Pereira and Fr Peter Fernandes from the Chicalim Parish, as well as Aldona Parish Priest Fr Thomas Lobo and Aldona MLA Carlos Ferreira. The people burst into cheer >Continued on P5 SANGUEM Tension flared up at the IIT site in Cotarli on Monday, after a growing number of farmers obstructed officials from conducting survey work and four women were reportedly injured as a police force tried to clear the farmers from blocking the route. The incident brought back memories of similar tension when locals had stiffly opposed the IIT site at Melauli-Sattari, compelling the government to eventually scrap plans to set up the IIT at Melauli. According to sources, trouble began when the surveyors were on their last lap to complete the demarcation process. “The last six boundary marks to end the demarcation process were left and the surveyors had planned to complete the work on Monday. The surveyors, however, were in for surprise as over 100 farmers, mostly comprising women, stood in the way to the demarcation site much before their arrival. Farmers obstruct officials from conducting survey work at the IIT site in Cotarli on Monday. A large number of policemen led by Quepem DySP Nilesh Rane rushed to the site. Police Inspectors from Sanguem, Quepem and Curchorem police stations were also present at the proposed site for IIT along with Sanguem Mamlatdar Rajesh Sakhalkar. When the police team arrived, the agitators began saying prayers and the police could only watch from a distance as they did not want to disrupt the service. n Family of Mohammad Aga claims murder n Police adamant on accident theory PANAJI he bereaved father of Mohammad Aga, whose body was found floating in River Mandovi following an accident on Mandovi Bridge on September 1, has challenged Panaji police’s case of accidental death and taken to social media seeking justice for the 21-year-old. Father Nazim has demanded a murder probe by the Crime Branch or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the errant car driver and the occupants, as he suspects Aga was beaten to death before being dumped in the river. He pointed out 33 bruises on the body, revealed in an au- Alcaraz wins US Open, becomes youngest world number one n FARMERS OBSTRUCT OFFICIALS FROM SURVEY WORK n 4 WOMEN HURT AS POLICE TRY TO CLEAR FARMERS Another ‘mysterious’ death comes to haunt men in uniform THE GOAN I NETWORK SPORTS IIT in the eye of storm again, tension flares up at Cotarli Gyanvapi: Muslim side loses plea NEW DELHI: Retail inflation inched up to 7 per cent in August from 6.71% in July mainly due to higher food prices, government data showed on Monday. The consumer price index-based inflation is above the Reserve Bank’s comfort level of 6%. INFO MHA APPROVES REQUEST OF GOA GOVERNMENT CANACONA: Admitting that construction of a tunnel at Karmalghat is expensive, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has reportedly agreed to the possibility of a four or six lane road to eliminate accidents along the Karmal Ghat. >> See pg 5 Retail inflation up 7% in August RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Finally, CBI to get charge of Sonali Phogat death case Gadkari rules out tunnel at Karmalghat VARANASI: The Varanasi district court on Monday rejected the plea questioning the maintainability of a petition seeking permission for daily worship of Hindu deities whose idols are located on an outer wall of the Gyanvapi mosque. >> See pg 7 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday WHAT THE FAMILY SAYS Father suspects his son was beaten to death before being dumped in the river Points to 33 bruises on the body revealed in autopsy Autopsy report itself is self-explanatory that our topsy conducted on September 3, 2022. The Panaji police, on the other hand, are adamant about its line of investigation under section 304-A IPC (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. “It is a clear-cut case of accidental death. We arrested the driver for the offense. We have son did not die (of accident) He was murdered and died due to excessive beating by the occupants of the Karnataka-registered SUV evidence to prove that,” an officer told The Goan insisting that the victim biker wasn’t harmed physically prior to his death. The errant driver was soon bailed out as the offense is bailable. Nazim however raised questions about the police investigation since the day his son’s semi-covered bruised POLICE SAY Rubbishes police claim that his son was flung into the river owing to the accident impact even before the autopsy was conducted Aga was a trained cliff diver and expert swimmer It is a clear-cut case of accidental death We arrested the driver for the offense... We have evidence to prove that The victim biker wasn’t harmed physically prior to his death body was found floating near an offshore casino vessel on September 2. “Autopsy report itself is self-explanatory that our son did not die (of accident), he was murdered and died due to excessive beating by the four occupants of the Karnataka registered MG SUV (which was) driving (driven) at very high speed,” he said adding that Aga’s helmet was forcibly removed and he was brutally beaten by the car occupants. The complainant sought to know if the police were reluctant to take action against the car owner, who is believed to be a consular from the mining Hospet city of Karnataka. Nazim also rubbished po- lice’s claim that Aga was flung into the river owing to the accident impact, even before the autopsy was conducted on the following day. “…first of all how can one wearing a helmet adjust a hoody over it?” he said. He asserted that Aga was a trained cliff diver and expert swimmer, and as such, he could have easily swam to the shore if thrown in the waters alive. From being abused by a constable to being harassed by the police, Nazim has sought Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s intervention to transfer the case to the CBI or CB. As per police details, an accident was reported on the Old Mandovi Bridge around >Continued on P5 After the agitators stopped their prayers, DySP Rane and his team met the agitating farmers in a bid to persuade them to clear the way for the survey officials. Just as DySP Rane began interacting with the farmers, the agitators suddenly began singing the National Anthem. Caught off guard, the police team was left with no other option but to participate with the agitators in singing the National Anthem. After the National Anthem, Trouble begins when surveyors were on their last lap to complete demarcation Over 100 farmers block their way much before their arrival A large number of policemen rush to the site Agitators begin saying prayers; police wait and watch from a distance Top police persuade them to clear the way Agitators begin singing the National Anthem... police team joins in singing Police later forcibly clear the way; in the melee four elderly women sustain injuries DySP Rane tried to pacify the agitators and appealed them to clear the road for the officials, but the agitators were in >Continued on P5 Land grab: Govt driver arrested THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI In yet another arrest in land grab cases, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested a government driver on Monday. The 47-year-old identified as Yogesh Wazarkar is attached to the Office of Mamaldar, Bardez. He is the third government employee to be arrested in the massive land scam that has seen arrests of a total of 17 persons to date. Sources said that Wazarkar connived with the masterminds and kingpins to forge documents and cheat the original land owners as well as the government of a whopping amount. “He is an important link in the scam. We will interrogate him to find further clues,” an officer said. While the office staff has been taken into custody, Mamlatdar Rahul Desai -who also has cases booked against him -- has successfully remained off the hook. He continues to serve at the same position and the office despite his alleged involvement in the matter. It may be recalled that the SIT had re-arrested a Valpoi local Sandric Fernandes, in a complaint pertaining to property survey numbers 24/5 and 25/2 located in Calangute. Fernandes was earlier arrested in another land fraud in Nerul village registered at Crime Branch on August 19, 2022.
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