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Firefighters douse the fire from the truck at Surla on Friday

Tension at Bicholim; truck set on fire

NT NETWORK

SANKHALI
Tension prevailed on Friday at Surla in Bicholim taluka as truckers’ agitation took a serious turn when some miscreants set a truck on fire.
Truck owners belonging to the All-Goa Truck Association went on strike blocking the road at Pale Kothambi junction in the morning. To avoid any untoward incident, the Bicholim mamlatdar convened a meeting between AGTA members, company officials and senior police officials in the chamber of deputy collector Mahadev Arondekar.
The truck owners have been demanding that their trucks be engaged for ore transportation. However, the meeting failed to reach a solution, as company officers had been non-committal.
In the afternoon, a truck was set on fire by some miscreants as the agitation intensified and continued till evening at Surla, forcing the police to resort to lathi charge.
Firefighters tried to put out the fire. However, the loss of around Rs 6 lakh has been pegged.
Bicholim DySP Ramesh Gaonkar and PI Ninad Deulkar rushed to the spot to pacify around 300 agitating truckers.
For now, the situation is under control, but the agitators have vowed to continue with their strike.
Pleading ignorance about the identity of the miscreants who set the truck on fire, association president Nilkanth Gawas said that their demand was that mining illegalities be stopped.
The Bicholim police have said that they would register an offence against unknown persons, even as investigating in the incident is on.

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