Panaji mayor creek incident: Accident case, complaint filed

Panaji: An accident case and a complaint have been filed in connection with Sunday's incident in which Panaji mayor and some other officials fell into a creek here during a weeding machine demonstration.

While the police here yesterday registered an accident case in the incident, social activist Aires Rodrigues today filed a complaint against Corporation of City of Panaji Mayor Surendra Furtado for allegedly acting recklessly, endangering human lives and damaging public property.

The complaint has been filed under sections 280, 287, 304 (A) read with 511 of the IPC and section 3 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act-1984.

A photo-op yesterday turned into a major embarrassment for Furtado, landing him into murky waters literally, when a weeding machine he had climbed on along with other officials during a demonstration in a creek for media-persons turned turtle due to overloading.

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However, nobody was injured in the incident which occurred when the mayor took it upon himself to explain to media persons the use of a newly-introduced weeding machine to clean St Inez Creek, a water body running through the capital city.

"We have already registered an accident case in the mishap. The inquiry is in progress," Police Inspector Siddhanth Shirodkar said.

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