Goa BJP Vice President booked for dowry harassment, assault

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Panaji, July 12 (IANS) The Goa Police on Wednesday booked state BJP Vice President Anil Hoble, his wife and son for dowry-related harassment and assaulting his daughter in-law.

Hoble and the others were booked after an FIR was filed at the women’s police station here by the victim’s mother Suchitra Shirodkar, who is based in Mumbai.

They were booked under sections 498 (a), 323 (causing hurt), 506 (ii) (Criminal intention) and Sections 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.

Citing the complaint, a senior woman police officer told IANS that the victim’s mother received a call from Hoble at round 2 a.m. on Tuesday, asking her to pick up her daughter from his home near Panaji.

“When we arrived there, my daughter had injury marks. Hoble also threatened to shoot us and chop us up with a knife,” Shirodkar alleged in the complaint.

The complainant also alleged that Hoble and his family had been making dowry demands since 2009 when his son Milind and her daughter got married.

Speaking to IANS, Hoble called the accusations “baseless”.

“There are no basis to these accusations. We have done nothing. I will speak the truth at the right time,” Hoble said.

The police official said the case was under investigation.

–IANS

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