Police complaint against Panaji Mayor for boat capsize

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Panaji, June 27 (IANS) A social activist on Monday filed a police complaint against Panaji Mayor Surendra Furtado over the capsizing of a boat in St. Inez Creek here.

Aires Rodrigues told police that the accident during a demonstration of a mechanical weeding operation occurred due to overloading.

The complaint read that Furtado and others — despite being warned not to do so — boarded the vessel.

The complaint has been lodged under sections 280, 287, 304 (a) and 511 of the Indian Penal Code.

Furtado had invited the media on Sunday to cover the mechanical weeding of the creek. The vessel overturned shortly after the Mayor and other officials boarded it, throwing everyone in the vessel into water.

Furtado said the incident was “accidental”.

The video of the capsized boat and a drenched Mayor being pulled out from under the vessel went viral on social media.

–IANS

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