Margao: A political slugfest has begun in Margao over the issue of jeweller Swapnil Walke’s murder case.
On one side, the councillors of Margao municipality owing allegiance to Margao MLA Digambar Kamat, on Thursday, demanded action against those “maligning the name” of Kamat on social media over the issue, while on the other side, BJP Margao Mandal, on Friday, launched a scathing attack on Kamat for providing “safe havens to anti-social elements” for “building his vote bank” in Margao.
If the Kamat-affiliated councillors accused the BJP brass of trying to suppress investigations into the case, BJP Margao Mandal president Rupesh Mahatme, addressing mediapersons, dared the councillors to prove their allegations or resign from the party. “If BJP wanted to suppress investigation, the police wouldn’t have cracked the case within 24 hours,” he said.
BJP spokesperson Sharmad Raiturkar urged the police to cleanse Margao of all anti-social and criminal elements by keeping a tab on their movements and checking their antecedents. “Don’t wait to act after the crime is committed,” he told the police.
“Before the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government came to power in 2012, there was reign of terror in Margao with people afraid to confront any mischief monger from Moti Dongor. There would be gang wars and deadly assaults by choppers. People haven’t forgotten the recovery of swords from Moti Dongor area. The crime hubs were reined in,” Raiturkar, who lost to Kamat twice in the assembly elections, said.
Naming Jakir band, Fakir band and other pockets as crime hubs in Margao, Raiturkar urged people to cooperate with the police and alert them about any anti-social activities taking place of criminal elements taking shelter in their localities.