Congress says party leaders ready to go to jail over ‘rights of Goans’




Accusing Goa police of harassing its leaders, the Congress party, on Saturday, said that the party leaders are ready to go to jail in its fight for the rights of the local Goans.

The opposition party alleged that police visited homes of four of its leaders late Friday night and asked them to give an undertaking that they would not disrupt the ‘activities’ of the Indian Super League (ISL).

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar claimed that on the directions from Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and director general of police Mukesh Kumar Meena police teams were sent to ‘arrest’ vice president of the party Sankalp Amonkar, Youth Congress president Varad Mardolkar, and general secretaries of the party Amarnath Panjikar and Janardhan Bhandari.

“Our team has no fear of arrest & if necessary will go for #JailBharo to support local,” Chodankar posted on Twitter.

It is pertinent to note that the youth wing of the party had stopped the Mumbai City FC team bus at Nagoa panchayat ground protesting against the use of taxis and buses and security agencies registered outside Goa in the transportation of teams and league officials.

The officials of the ISL on November 19 met CLP leader Digambar Kamat and had assured to engage local vendors for different services and logistical contracts by November 23, subsequently, Sankalp Amonkar gave a statement to the media that if their demands are not met then Congress will again disrupt the activities of the professional football league.

On Saturday afternoon, a Congress delegation led by Amonkar met South Goa SP Pankaj Kumar Singh at police headquarters in Panaji over this issue where the senior police officer reportedly told the Congress leaders that they would be arrested if they fail to give in writing that they would not disrupt the activities of ISL.

“SP told us that police inspector of our areas have received orders from Collector to arrest us, we are ready to go to jail but we won’t give any undertaking to police.  Our fight for the rights of the locals will never end,”
Amonkar said.