Goa : The Maina Curtorim police on Wednesday booked an offence against all the people (mostly unidentified) gathered at Chandor for protest against double tracking of the South Western Railway (SWR) route on Sunday.They have been booked for forming unlawful assembly and rioting under sections 143 and 147 of the Indian Penal Code. The police have named Goyant Kollso Naka (GKN) and its co-convenor Abhijit Prabhudesai, Goencho Ekvott and others in the FIR.
Prabhudesai, speaking to reporters, said that holding protests to safeguard public interests was a constitutional right and that the police action of booking offences against them wouldn’t deter them from continuing with their agitation.Large number of protestors had converged in front of the Chandor church late Sunday night, who later marched to the railway tracks in a bid to thwart any attempt by the Railways to begin double tracking work by closing the level crossing. A section of the protestors had also laid siege to the police outpost, located metres away from the level crossing, for several hours where deputy collector Jyoti Kumari was present demanding that she address the protestors.
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