Colva police arrested Hannibal D’Costa from Varca after he was found carrying 1,20,304 at Seraulim bandh on Friday. D’Costa, whom sources said, is allegedly a worker of the Goa Vikas Party (GVP).
DySP Shamba Sawant said the incident occurred in the afternoon and that D’Costa was arrested after he failed to give a satisfactory answer to the flying squad as to why he was carrying so much money.
Sawant added that as several people had gathered at the Bandh, police took D’Costa into custody for further questioning.
Goa Vikas Party Supremo Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco along with his advocate rushed to the Colva police station to secure D’Costa’s release.
But Navelim MLA Churchill Alemao’s election agent Mike Mehta made his presence felt at the Colva police station and demanded D’Costa’s arrest.
He accused D’Costa of being a supporter of Caitu Silva, the GVP candidate in Benaulim constituency where Churchill’s daughter Valanka is contesting. Churchill’s brother Ciabro Alemao also rushed to the Colva police station.
There were some tense moments at the police station when Mickky, Ciabro and Mehta were arguing their points to police inspector in-charge, Devendra Gad. A huge crowd even gathered outside the police station.
D’Costa was later released on bail after he was booked under IPC sections amounting to bribery and disobedience of order promulgated by a public servant.
Sawant said that as per the police’s preliminary inquiry D’Costa had filed his nomination from Benaulim as a dummy candidate. He added that investigations are still under way.
Elsewhere, in Mandop-Navelim, a group of locals blocked the vehicle of an individual who they alleged was distributing money to voters. When the police reached the site, however, they could not find cash in the vehicle.
Independent candidate Avertano Furtado, however, demanded that the person be arrested, claiming he was a worker of PWD minister Churchill Alemao.
Furtado also rushed to the Margao police station demanding that a case be registered against the person. No case is registered yet. Churchill, refuting the charge of his rival in Navelim constituency, said baseless allegations were being made against him. He also demanded that additional force should be sent to the constituency saying his supporters are being harrassed.