Four booked by Old Goa Police for attacking Goan social activist Aires Rodrigues

Old Goa Police have booked two persons seen arguing with and attacking Adv Aires Rodrigues, as seen in the video which has gone viral, and two unknown accused under Section 452 (house trespass), 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation), 336 (endangering life and personal safety of others), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) read with 34 (common intentions).

Aires Rodrigues on Tuesday filed a complaint at the Anjuna Police Station against Swapnil Dhargalkar, Shreya Dhargalkar and two unknown persons for forming an unlawful assembly, criminally trespassing into his office, assaulting him after having threatened and abused him with dire consequences besides throwing black liquid at him. The complaint has been transferred to the Old Goa Police after it was filed as the incident occurred within its jurisdiction.

In his complaint, Adv Rodrigues has stated that on Monday morning at around 8.30 am the accused criminally trespassed and barged into his office at Ribandar and unlawfully restrained him and threatened him as to why he had taken up the issue of the alleged sex scandal involving Goa’s Fisheries Minister Vinod Paliencar. To this, Adv Rodrigues has stated that he cited public interest as he had bonafide reason to believe that Minister Paliencar misusing his position was sexually exploiting vulnerable women.

Rodrigues has further stated that the viral video footage of the incident clearly evidences the commission of the criminal acts and deeds by the accused.

Rodrigues has claimed that he has reason to believe that Fisheries Minister Paliencar was also a conspirator and mastermind in the attack on him as the minister had previously publicly threatened to unleash anti-social elements unto him at his office in Ribandar. In this connection, he has urged the police to secure the call details of Paliencar, his officer on special duty as well as TCP Minister and Goa Forward supremo Vijai Sardesai.


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