BJP minister for agriculture booked for threatening farmer

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Police today registered a case against Goa Agriculture Minister Ramesh Tawadkar for allegedly threatening a farmer in Canacona taluka.

In his complaint, Puno Velip, a farmer from Cotigao village, said the minister restrained him while he was riding a scooter and tried to assault him at around 12:30 PM.

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He also accused the minister of threatening him with dire consequences.

A case has been registered under sections 341 (wrongful restrain), 352 (assault with criminal force) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code.

When contacted, Tawadkar denied threatening Velip and claimed he was being targeted in the view of upcoming Assembly elections.

“I have not threatened anyone. I will give my statement to the police when they call me for it,” he added.

Tawadkar is not new to facing charges of violence.

In June 2016, a charge sheet was filed today against Goa Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar in a court at Cancona, seven years after he allegedly barged into the office of a senior forest officer at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and forcibly took away two persons who were in custody there.

The charge sheet was filed by Cancona police in South Goa before Judicial Magistrate Sarika Faldessai.

Tawadkar, a BJP leader, is among eight accused named by police in the case.

As per the complaint filed by police, on April 27, 2009, Tawadkar, then an MLA, along with others had barged into the office of the Range Forest Officer at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and had forcibly taken away two accused who were in custody of the Forest department for trespassing in the wildlife area.

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