The rivalry between two groups to claim supremacy over the political hotbed Monti Dongor, Margao flared up once again on Sunday and police have registered a case against members of one group for rioting, unlawful assembly and rioting.
Following a complaint by Abdul Rabanni police have registered a case against seven persons namely Maqbool, Mukia, Mardan, Riyaz, Laxman Chawan, Hazrat Ali and Naushad.
Abdul Rabanni complained to the police that his friend Ameen, one of the accused in the rioting case registered earlier in the month and presently out on bail, was attacked by seven persons at Arlem where Ameen has been residing since he was released from custody.
The complaint states that the seven persons came to Arlem and attacked Ameen and sprayed some liquid in his eyes. Abdul Rabanni stated that he too was assaulted.
Ameen who is admitted to Hospicio corroborated the complaint and though the injuries sustained are of minor nature, police are not taking any chances as besides registering a case for rioting, unlawful assembly and assault, they have also posted personnel at Hospicio as a precautionary measure.
Monti Dongor has been hitting the news for all the wrong reasons in recent times. Inhabited mostly by migrants, control over it has become extremely important in view of the vote-bank politics. While the place earlier owed allegiance to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, the municipal elections have created a deep divide amongst the residents.
Although both the groups continue to support Digambar Kamat, the battle between the two is to prove who has greater hold on the area.