HERALD CORRESPONDENT, CURCHOREM, MARCH 4 —
The riot-hit Curchorem town on Saturday had a magnetic effect on politicians cutting across parties, as they rushed to Curchorem thick and fast to assess the situation and to pacify the protestors.
Curchorem MLA Ramrao Dessai, who has been stationed in Curchorem since Friday, was the first to show his presence in the town along with Sanvordem MLA Vinay Tendulkar and Fatorda MLA Damodar Naik.
Then came Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane, who immediately rushed to the Curchorem police station and targeted his fury at the BJP MLAs there.
“This is the last warning. You (BJP) are the people who are responsible for the violence,” a visibly agitated Rane shouted at MLAs Dessai and Tendulkar.
The chief minister also directed police officials to take strict action against those who were engaged in violence.
It was then the turn of Governor S C Jamir to visit Curchorem. Jamir assessed the situation and held discussions with police officials, South Goa Collector J B Singh and Quepem Deputy Collector Pratapsing Velip Kankar.
Opposition Leader Manohar Parrikar was the next in line. Accompanied by State BJP president Rajendra Arlekar, General Secretary Satish Dhond and other BJP leaders, Mr Parrikar and group spent more time in Curchorem than the other leaders.
Mr Parrikar addressed the protestors, urging them to maintain restraint. He also visited the Curchorem market along with MLAs Dessai and Tendulkar and literally stopped agitators from setting ablaze a pharmacy and another shop.
Mr Parrikar presented a wallet, containing money, documents and photo ID cards of two persons to SP South Shekhar Prabhudessai.
The wallet was believed that of a person who came to Curchorem to participate in the morcha on Friday.
Mr Parrikar also asked the SP to file an FIR against those who had sought permission to hold the protest rally on Friday, which was the cause of the violence.