Panaji, Dec 5 :
The vandalism by Maharashtra minister Narayan Rane’s son Nitesh at a Goa border toll booth caused a loss of Rs.15 lakh, Goa Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said Thursday.
“The loss to government property caused by Nitesh Rane is around Rs.15 lakh,” Dhavlikar told reporters at the state secretariat here.
The toll booth at the Goa-Maharashtra border, which Rane and his entourage smashed Tuesday, is operated by the Goa state transport department. Three toll operators were also beaten up by Nitesh’s supporters.
Nine people, including Nitesh, were arrested by police and later released on bail.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has denied allegations that police let off Nitesh lightly, but confirmed he received a phone call from Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane after his son Nitesh’s arrest.
Hoologanism will not be tolerated in Goa : Speaker
Hooliganism can work in the constituency of Maharashtra minister Narayan Rane but not in Goa, Speaker Rajendra Arlelkar said Thursday after Rane’s son Nitesh was arrested for smashing a toll booth and beating up toll operators.
“What happened Tuesday was ‘goondagiri’ (hooliganism). Just because you can do it in your area, that does mean it can happen in Goa. This is a state where law and order is in place,” Arlekar told reporters at the legislative assembly complex.
Arlekar is the legislator from Pernem, where Rane’s son Nitesh and his entourage smashed a toll booth and beat up three toll booth operators. (IANS)