Wife of Congress MLA booked for illegal stone crushing unit in Goa
The wife of Goa Congress MLA Clafacio Dias was Friday booked on charges of criminal trespass and dishonest misappropriation of government property, police said. Seema Dias was booked after the state water resources department (WRD) filed a police complaint accusing her of encroaching on its property in South Goa and setting set up a stone crushing unit there, an official of the Quepem police station said.
The issue was raised in the Goa assembly last year where NCP MLA Churchill Alemao said a company owned by Seema Dias had encroached upon a property belonging to the department which was acquired as part of a dam project. Quepem Police Inspector Brunato Paxito told PTI that an FIR was filed against Seema Dias after the WRD filed a formal complaint. "We are still investigating the case after which we will decide when to call the accused for recording statement," he said.
WRD Executive Engineer Mohan Halkatti had claimed Seema Dias had encroached into the property located at Mullem village in Salcette taluka. "Upon encroaching and trespassing upon the government land, Seema Dias has established and is running a stone crushing unit in the said property," said the complaint.
The stone crushing unit has been established very close to an irrigation canal and water is being illegally drawn from there, the department had said. Seema Dias has been booked under IPC sections 447 (criminal trespass) and 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), the police said. When contacted, Clafacio Dias, the MLA from Cuncolim constituency in South Goa, said he will deal with the matter legally.
(With inputs from agencies.)