//Uneasy calm prevails in Goan town

Uneasy calm prevails in Goan town

Web posted at: 3/7/2006 1:28:1  Source ::: Agencies

The Rapid Action Force on the streets of Sanvordem yesterday.

Sanvordem, Goa: After violence for three days, Sanvordem saw a let off in mob-violence on day-three even as the police and district authorities were on high alert and the Central Industrial Security Force was marching in sensitive areas.

The Rapid Action Force was also pressed in service in the evening. The streets of Sanvordem and Curchorem were almost deserted with a very few people moving around the worst-sit Pontemol area.

A tour of the town saw most of the people standing at their doorstep looking at the damage caused to vehicles and property around. None would however came on to the streets as in the past. Many people, especially from the poor sections of the society reportedly boarded an early morning train at the Curchorem railway station and left the town. Those having their vehicles in the proper condition were seen thronging the only open petrol pump in the town. The other pump was damaged by a violent mob on Friday evening.

The North Goa MP, Shripad Naik visited the town and later met the superintendent of police (South), Shekhar Prabhudessai. A bandh call presumably given out by the protesters got good response with many establishments remaining closed.

Though no violence was reported from any part of the twin towns, damaged vehicles continued to remain strewn at various places providing an idea of the mob fury that took over the area during the past two days. The SP who has been camping at the site told reporters that the cleaning up operation was underway with the help of civic authorities.