PADUBIDRI: Over fifty persons including the former president of Mudarangady Gram Panchayat David D’Souza were arrested on June 1, Friday when the villagers who were staging a protest demanding road repair, attacked a Gram Panchayat staff at Pernalu in Mudarangady GP limits.
Residents of the area had staged a protest a week ago, against the pathetic state of the Kunjugadde road. The protest was then withdrawn following an assurance from the Gram Panchayat President. At a meeting held later on, it was decided to entrust the works of closing the potholes to a contractor utilizing the Rs 2 lakhs from DC fund and Rs one lakh from the GP grants. However, the villagers stayed the works the very next day alleging that the works were substandard. It was following this that the protest was staged on June 1, Friday under the leadership of former GP chief David D’Souza.
It has been reported that no sooner the panchayat clerk Sudhaker and incharge PDO Vasudeva Salian arrived for talks, David D’Souza took them to task right in front of the police officials.
However, when the two were about to leave the venue, one Naveen Dennis, an accused in several theft cases, attacked the Panchayat clerk. It was following this that the agitators were arrested. Former minister Vasanth Salian who visited the Shirva station in the evening, while condemning the attack on the GP staff, informed that a sum of Rs 20 lakhs has been sanctioned from the MLA’s quota for the same and of this Rs 15 lakh would be released shortly..
The arrested were later released on bail.