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Panaji assault case: cops recover weapons




Panaji police have recovered weapons allegedly used in the assault case that was reported last month in the vicinity of an offshore casino office in the city.

One sword, two choppers and a baseball bat has been recovered at the instance of accused persons from two places, one at Porvorim and another at Ramnagar-Betim informed the Panaji police.

Following the weapon recovery, the police have now added another section, attempt to murder, to the case registered against the accused.

In connection with the case, police have also attached two four-wheelers, one private and another tourist taxi which were reportedly used in the crime.

Last week, the police had arrested four accused while two are still at large.

The four accused identified as Aspak Ali from Dona Paula, Allabaksh alias Taufiq Taligutti from Porvorim, Yogesh alias Yogi Shah from Carambolim and Angad alias Rajveer Kashyap are currently in the judicial custody.

The police are in process to conduct the identity parade of the accused.

The incident of assault was reported in the wee hours of August 14 wherein the accused reportedly assaulted Shanur Dargad.

All the accused according to police are in taxi business and the assault was reportedly due to a dispute over the business.

The police informed that Dargad and the accused operate taxis at night to ferry passengers visiting offshore casinos in the city.

According to the police, the accused had reportedly assaulted the victim with sharp weapons. The incident according to the police was reported at around 3 am in the vicinity of an offshore casino office over the dispute of ferrying passengers. In view of this, the police have intensified night patrolling to prevent any such incidents from occurring in the future.

According to the police, tussles often occur between the taxi operators over the issue of ferrying the passengers, and incidentally in May this year a similar incident was reported in the area.

Dargad, who was assaulted, was among two others who were arrested by the Panaji police on charges of allegedly assaulting a taxi operator on similar grounds in May this year.


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