Parrikar said he told Rane to move court for bail and to stop his supporters from creating a law and order situation in Goa. Rane was very polite and told him he had already told his supporters to come back to Maharashtra.
In Mumbai, five persons were arrested on Wednesday for vandalizing private buses, some of them meant to ply to Goa, on Tuesday night, but no headway seems to have been made over an attack on Goa Bhavan in Juhu around the same time. The arrested are members of Nitesh’s Swabhimaan Sanghatana (SS).
Parrikar, who also holds the Goa home portfolio, denied suggestions he had been soft on Nitesh. “Do you think police did not inform me before arresting him? I told them to proceed in accordance with the law,” Parrikar said. Nitesh got bail late on Tuesday from the judicial magistrate (first class) in Mapusa. By Wednesday, all arrested for the toll booth row had got bail. Sources said Nitesh, with MP brother Nilesh, reported to Pernem police station.
In a ripple effect, Swabhimaan workers led by Sagar Pandit from Dahisar reached Borivli Link Road near Mhatre Tower at 10.45pm on Tuesday and targeted Goa-bound buses of Neeta Travels.
Around 70 buses of the firm were parked on a plot off the road. “The armed group threatened the manager and drivers and smashed the front and rear windscreens and some windows of five buses,” said senior inspector Suresh Kilje, MHB Colony police.
On Neeta’s complaint, the police arrested Pandit, 32, Vaibhav Gangan, 19, Deepak Rajpasare 19, Sameer Deshpande, 26, and Vijay Londhe, 28. They have been remanded to police custody till Thursday. Pandit has a past case of assault against his name.
“Neeta Travels operates buses to various parts of the country and not just Goa. They had nothing to do with Nitesh’s arrest. We registered a case against the accused under non-bailable sections 427, 506 (ii) of IPC for rioting and intimidation,” said Kilje. The travel firm apparently suffered losses of up to Rs 5 lakh.
In Juhu’s Goa Bhavan, a security guard was present when four men came around 11.45pm on Tuesday. They damaged a board and two lamps at the entrance before running away. Parrikar said in Panaji an FIR has been filed.
The main control room, which flashes messages to all police stations in the city in case of an emergency, was unaware about the attack for about an hour. Amboli police station senior inspector, who was on night duty in the area, reached at 1.30am. Sources said the culprits belonged to SS, but the police have not been able to confirm their identities and registered a case of trespassing and damaging public property against four unknown persons.