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Irked: A mob outside the mobile shop in Shiroda on Sunday. The mob forced the shopkeeper to vacate his premises

Angry over challans, Shiroda locals shut down traffic sentinel’s shop 

PONDA: Irked over the ‘reporting’ of traffic violations through the traffic sentinel scheme of the state government, over hundreds of locals from Shiroda forced a shopkeeper to vacate his premises on Sunday.

The shopkeeper, dealing in mobile phones, was reporting the traffic violations to the traffic police using CCTV camera footage, the locals alleged.

As per the information, over 500 locals from Shiroda area have received challans for violating various traffic rules while travelling along the Shiroda-Ponda road.

After having learnt that most of the challans were supposedly issued based on the video footage provided by the mobile shopkeeper in Shiroda area, who was running the shop from a rented premises, the irked locals confronted the shopkeeper on Saturday night. However, having failed to get a satisfactory reply, hundreds of locals gathered outside the shop on Sunday morning and demanded eviction of the shopkeeper from the village. They demanded that the owner of the building housing the shop terminate the contract with the shopkeeper and stop him from conducting business in the premises.

The Shiroda market area witnessed some tense moments due to the clash between the locals and the shopkeeper. Soon police rushed to the spot and heavy force was deputed to avoid a law and order situation. Seeing the angry mob outside his shop, the shopkeeper fled from the spot.

Joint mamlatdar Abhir Hede, Ponda police inspector Harishchandra Madkaikar, Margao town police inspector Kapil Nayak, Fatorda police inspector Navlesh Desai and Shiroda sarpanch Shirodkar tried to pacify the locals.

Succumbing to the pressure of the locals, the owner of the building terminated contract with the shopkeeper, who was later forced to vacate the premises.

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