Goa attack: Four locals attack tourists, damage bus; 20, including children, injured

Goa attack: As the tourists boarded a Maharashtra plated bus to return to Vasai, Dias and three others arrived with knives and swords and attacked them.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 15, 2017 12:44 pm
Goa attack: The bus carrying tourists was attacked by three locals in Goa.

A minor spat between tourists and locals in Merces, Goa, turned violent on Wednesday, with at least 20 people including a five-year-old suffering injuries. The incident took place when a 50-member family of tourists, dining at Hotel Cafe Hoble, had an encounter with Lawrence Dias, the prime accused. Dias was angered after one of the tourists allegedly brushed against him, and in retaliation he slapped another tourist — 58-year-old Lahu Ghodekar. A fist fight ensued, but was immediately resolved with the intervention of the hotel manager. However, Dias vowed to return.

“The fist fight was resolved by the hotel manager but the goonda threatened to bring his friends,” a waiter at the cafe said. “It was a small issue but he said he would call his friends and show them their place.”

As the family boarded a Maharashtra plated bus to return to Vasai, Dias and three others arrived with knives and swords and attacked them. The driver of the vehicle was pulled out and beaten with a wooden cane, kicked and hit. Two tourists suffered fractures after being attacked with weapons such as knives and swords, while the others were treated for minor injuries.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, speaking at an event in the city, condemned the incident saying strict action will be taken against the accused. “Law and order is a serious issue for us,” Parrikar said.

Three of the accused — Dias, Vishal Golatkar, and Suraj Shetye — were later arrested by the police, while Sai Kundaikar is absconding. All four have criminal backgrounds. The accused were taken to Goa Medical College where they received treatment for their injuries, before being produced in court.

The family, after receiving treatment, was escorted to Mumbai with police protection.

“The accused, who are all residents of Merces, with the common intention and armed with deadly weapons came in opposite directions and restrained the bus. Further, one of the accused snatched the bus keys from the driver while the others pelted stones on the front glass and windows and thus caused damage due to which some of the passengers from the bus got seriously injured,” North Goa SP Kartik Kashyap was quoted as saying by TOI.

“The driver was pulled out and all four persons assaulted him, causing serious injuries with the intention to kill him and thus, they attempted to commit the murder of the driver,” he added. Local eyewitnesses criticised the police for taking nearly 45 minutes to arrive at the scene.

One of the tourists said, “We had said sorry. Why did he have to slap us? Why hit our women. This is the first time we came to Goa with our family and we thought it would be safe.” “They were drunk. Why should we come here for a holiday? Even women were not spared,” another tourist, Mamta Gandan, reportedly said.

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    Parth Garg
    Jun 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm
    Thank God that the event, so far, has not been given a racial or religious twist.
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      Raj Naik
      Jun 15, 2017 at 2:44 pm
      goans are 2 rude to Indian tourists as if they dey are doing an favour by allowing us in Goa, nice lesson thought by tourists. This people just know how to loot and cheat tourists no ethics at all.
      1. L
        Jun 15, 2017 at 11:44 pm
        Looting business goes on everywhere in India, why blame only goa or goans, go to any place in india and if they know you are a tourist and not familiar with the place, you are looted.
      2. F
        Jun 15, 2017 at 2:11 pm
        Goa is a beautiful place with good people. Like any other city there is a share of anti social elements which are tolerated for one reason or another (all wrong) as a tourist who has visited Goa many times I would say do not tarnish the names of the Goan people because of some thugs.
        1. S
          Jun 15, 2017 at 2:09 pm
          This failed Defence minister now CM of a tiny state can he atleast prove himself here, ensure law and order in Goa.
          1. S
            Jun 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm
            these gundas should now get election tickets from jhandelwalan as a reward for rowdy behaviour
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              Bhavadas T
              Jun 15, 2017 at 1:01 pm
              Tourists from other states are attacked is a common problem in Goa. If there is an accident, they see the number plate of the Car, and the car with non Goa registration number is involved, the occupants are thrashed, even if accident occured due to the negligence of local vehicle . I have seen this many times.
              1. A
                Jun 15, 2017 at 12:47 pm
                Every goon now think that there is no problem in attacking people in BJP states after gau rakshaks was given free hand by sanghi govts to attack innocents !
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                  Mayasandra Varadarajan
                  Jun 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm
                  Till BJP came to power you were getting free hand to loot by your ITALIAN BAR ATTENDER under guidance from POPE. Who will shut filthy animals like you? You anti nationals criminals are feeling the heat under BJP rule and want to blame BJP for all act of your GOON gang.
                  1. L
                    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:02 am
                    The fight here was not because a Italian Bar Attender looted someone, it was because a tourist and a local had an argument, and POPE doesn't teach anyone to loot, like your favorite politicians do. A filthy animal is a person like you who drags religion and caste into this. People know to judge for themselves who is right and who is wrong, and the last Mun l elections proved it which put your favorite politician under pressure.
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                      Myron Mendonca
                      Jun 16, 2017 at 2:31 am
                      anything else pothead?....if you noticed they were given shelter in a catholic home...pigs like u exist in all religions to spread hate and kill
                      1. p
                        Jun 16, 2017 at 10:31 am
                        Why are making this issue on the basis of their religion?there are bad people everywhere..The pope always preach peace and always involves in charity..and some people like you are acting like you know everything.go to a doctor.this is coming from a hindu citizen.
                    2. A
                      Jun 15, 2017 at 12:34 pm
                      Gaurakshak culture taking deep roots. Goondas running riot in chaddi ruled states. Achhe din have arrived. Jai Ram Tulla the wife killer.
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                        Damodar Biswal
                        Jun 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm
                        Has Goa CM refused to act against the criminals?Goonds r always goonds.They r usually given protection by politicians.But Goa CM acted against him.How do u criticise him?Is it because u do not find a way to indulge in corrupt practices because ur party is not in power?Sorry friend?Modi will not give u a chance.
                        1. L
                          Jun 16, 2017 at 12:05 am
                          Yes Modi will give his people a chance to indulge in corrupt practices.
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