Gold worth Rs 34 lakh seized at Dabolim Airport

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  • April 28, 2017
  • 10:11 am

Dabolim, Goa: The air intelligence unit of Goa Customs today seized unclaimed gold worth Rs 34 lakhs which was hidden below a seat in Air India flight which arrived this morning.

“While performing duties during arrival of Air India flight AI-994 today the officers of air intelligence unit of Goa customs rummaged the aircraft and found one packet wrapped with black adhesive tape,” the press note issued here by Goa customs reads.

“The packet was containing eleven of gold bars weighing 1280 grams beneath one of the passenger seat of the aircraft,” it adds.

The officers of Air Intelligence Unit inquired about…

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Midnight fire burns down 4 houses in Benaulim

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  • April 27, 2017
  • 8:12 am

Benaulim, Goa: Four houses were gutted in a fire which broke out on Tuesday night at Vas Waddo near Benaulim beach.

Houses of Rosaril Rodrigues, Minguel Rodrigues and Jonita Rodrigues were reduced to ashes. As the houses were near the beach, due to strong wind the fire went out of control.

The owners have estimated a loss of up-to Rs 15 lakh. Eight fire brigades were involved in extinguishing the fire. The fire fighters claimed to have saved items of about Rs 20 lakh.

All the household items, gold, cash, two wheelers, fishing nets and motors were burnt in the flames. It…

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Crime Branch registers murder case in Fr Bismarque death

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  • 6:44 am

The family and friends of priest-turned-social activist Fr Bismarque Dias have won half the battle as the crime branch (CB) has finally registered a case of murder.
A case under section 302 (murder) was registered late last night, 15 days after the Goa bench of Bombay High Court directed the CB to re-investigate the case as homicide based on a complaint filed by Fr Bismarque’s brother Mario Dias way back in November 2015.
“We have registered the offense as per the directions of the high court. The complainant suspected that his brother was killed with weapons and threw him in the…

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A week after Corlim mishap, one more died

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  • 4:47 am

More than a week after a fatal collision between two vehicles killed five persons, the sixth ‘critically injured’ victim succumbed today. NRI Shanal Pereira, who was driving the speeding car when it lost control resulting into the mishap on the Old Goa-Corlim highway, died at Goa medical college and hospital. Sub Divisional Police Officer Nelson Albuquerque told this reporter that the 38-year-old stopped responding to the medical treatment. “He was in the intensive care unit under direct supervision of senior doctors. But doctors informed us this morning that he succumbed to injuries,” he disclosed.
His wife Ruby and daughter continue…

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Serula land case troubles Dilip Parulekar further

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  • April 26, 2017
  • 4:05 pm

In what could further brew trouble for former Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar in the illegal Serula Communidade land grab case, the State government appointed inquiry officer has informed District Court that the land allotment to the then Minister was not in accordance with the code of Communidade.

The Inquiry Officer former Joint Secretary Home Srinet Kotwale in his deposition before the North Goa Principal District and Session Judge Irshad Agha, has said that the allotment of the 599 sq mts of Serula Comunidade land on Chogm Road at Porvorim to Parulekar was not in accordance with the Code of Comunidades.

Kotwale…

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Case filed against minister Azgaonkar

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  • 11:38 am

A criminal case has been filed against Tourism Minister Babu Azgaonkar in a court in Pune, for a controversial statement made by him during a press conference on April 3, 2017, where he said that the people from the Lamani community must be thrown out of Goa.

A case has been registered against the minister under the IPC section 153-A(1)(A), 153-A(1)(B), 153-B(1)(A), 153-B(1)(B), 153-B(1)(C), 295-A, 499, 500, 504, 505(2).

The case is filed by one Ramesh Khemu Rathod who is an advocate, practicing in District and Sessions Court, Shivajinagar Pune. In the application filed by adv. Rathod, he has mentioned that…

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Friends of Fr Bismarque Dias wants proper Crime branch probe

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  • April 25, 2017
  • 9:15 am

The fight for justice to Fr Bismarque Dias will continue. At least that is what his friends have decided.

The friends of priest-turned-activist Fr Bismarque Dias who was found dead under suspicious circumstances in the year 2015 have demanded that Crime Branch should properly investigate this case including interrogation of five crucial witnesses.

Dias was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a river at St Estevam village in the year 2015 following which the Crime Branch had initiated investigation. But the investigating officer had ruled out foul play in his death, claiming it as ‘death due to drowning.’

Goa bench of Bombay…

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Digambar Kamat claims he was victim of political frenzy

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  • 7:20 am

Former chief minister Digambar Kamat is once again under the scanner of the investigation agencies, over a year after he was grilled albeit narrowly escaping arrest in the very controversial Louis Berger bribery scandal. And yet again, Kamat – this time being investigated in the massive mining scam – said he is a victim of political frenzy.

The seasoned politician was granted ex-parte ad-interim anticipatory bail by the district court yesterday in the scam that indirectly points at his criminal involvement. Kamat, who has been quizzed a number of time in the international bribery case and is now being probed…

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Gujarat native arrested for possessing ganja, charas

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  • April 24, 2017
  • 6:31 am

Sunny Ujegriya, who is a native of Gujarat and a resident of Candolim has been arrested by Calangute police on charges of illegally possessing narcotic substances worth Rs 50,000.

The accused was caught red handed in possession of 135 grams of ganja and 350 grams of charas, on Saturday midnight.

Ujegriya was produced before the judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) Mapusa and has been remanded to two days of police custody.

An offence has been registered against the accused under Section 21 (b), 20 (b) (ii) (A) of the NDPS Act, 1985.

The raid was conducted by Calangute PI Jivba Dalvi…

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Kamat quizzed by SIT after he gets anticipatory bail

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  • 6:25 am

Former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat was today questioned by special investigation team (SIT) of Goa crime branch for more than two hours in connection with the illegal mining during his tenure as state mines minister.

“Kamat was questioned for around two-and-half hour on various clarifications that were required for the SIT of crime branch which is investigating into the complaint of illegal mining in Goa,” a senior crime branch official said.

The former chief minister had moved to the court during early morning today and got interim anticipatory bail restraining SIT from arresting him. The court while giving ‘interim relief’…

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