Cases of assault on government servants, mostly traffic policemen, while discharging duty, saw a marginal drop this year in the first six months of the year.
During the January-June period, there were 14 cases of assault on public servant registered by various police stations and all were detected; while in 2017, for the first six months, the number of such cases reported was 16 and all were detected.
Of the cases reported this year, 4 were at Canacona, 2 Fatorda and one each at Maina, Colva, Cuncolim, Sanguem, Vasco, Verna, airport and Collem.
As per records from January to December of 2016, in all, 25 cases of assault on public servant were reported in South Goa.
In most of these cases, policemen were the victims. All these cases were detected and the accused were arrested.
Of the 25 cases, 10 cases were reported in Salcete itself. Four were reported in Quepem taluka, 4 in Mormugao taluka and 7 in Ponda.
From January to May, last year, in all, 17 cases were reported in South Goa, which jumped to 24 in October and by December, the total number reached 25.
It is pertinent to note that in places like Margao, Ponda, the number of such cases was
According to police, cases of assault on public servant are booked under Section 353 of IPC which says that assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duties is a punishable offence with an imprisonment of two years or with fine. Whoever assaults or threatens to assault, or obstructs or attempts to obstruct any public servant in the discharge of his duty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine.