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10 poll related cases registered

Police have registered 10 cognizable cases in connection with poll related offences on election day on Saturday. While 7 cases were registered by the North Goa police, three were registered by the South Goa police.

Police registered cases against two candidates who were contesting the elections. Old Goa police registered an offence against BJP candidate from Mayem, Anant Shet, Kashinath Satardekar and Kishor Gaonkar as campaigning material and cash of 3, 47,500, which was selectively sorted and packed in a number of envelops bearing names of individuals and organizations, was found in their possession in a car (GA-04-C-0469). The police FIR said that they attempted to bribe voters. Satardekar and Gaonkar were arrested and released on bail.

Panaji police registered a case against Congress candidate from Panaji, Yatin Parekh, for allegedly outraging the modesty of a woman and trying to molest her on Saturday morning. In the complaint it also stated that the accused further snatched her mangalsutra and identity card.

In a counter complaint, Parekh told Panaji police that one woman, V Naik, and other BJP supporters were campaigning at the polling station at government primary school in Panaji. They were also wearing BJP membership badges which contained the name and symbol of the party.

Porvorim police registered a complaint against two government servants- Anthony Borges and Premanand Mayekar, both residents of Porvorim, for obstructing and threatening people and sending them back without casting their votes in Part No. 17 and 18 of government primary school, Quitla. Police arrested accused Mayekar.

Another government servant, Gokuldas Halarnkar, was also booked by the Porvorim police for using undue influence on voters at the polling station of Part No.38 of 9-Porvorim constituency while on election duty and in the process threatening and instigating voters to vote for the BJP candidate.

The Bicholim police registered an offence against Prashant Chari for canvassing outside polling booth No.25 for 3-Bicholim constituency.

Three separate complaints were registered for ferrying voters in vehicles to the polling booth. In Ponda, police registered a case against jeep driver Virendra Mahalkar from Usgao for carrying people for voting to the polling booth. The accused was arrested and released on bail. Verna police also registered a case against Deslev Vales from Sancoale for a similar offence. Vasco police registered an offence against Ritesh Kambli and Shridas Fotto for bringing voters at the polling booth. Both accused were arrested. The Vasco flying squad intercepted Uttar Pradesh native, Manoj Sadawarde, with cash, for luring people to vote in favour of NCP candidate.

Acting on a complaint received from a BJP worker, the flying squad intercepted Yagyat Sharma. BJP worker Philip Almeida complained to the flying squad that Sharma was luring voters by distributing cash near Gurudwara, Mangor.

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