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Goa ex-Minister drives into controversy with beach driving (Lead, Correcting headline)

IANS  |  Panaji 

Former Tourism alias found himself in a controversy after a clipping of him driving an SUV on a South beach and allegedly threatening and assaulting a person went viral on on Monday.

Pacheco, on the other hand, insisted he had only gone to pick an ailing friend at nearby village and denied assaulting Silva, who uploaded the video clipping about their confrontation on the

The post, which accompanies the video clipping on Facebook, claims that Pacheco ran over a parachute owned by Da Silva's company at on Sunday. He alleged that as Da Silva confronted Pacheco at a shack at an adjoining beach at Utorda soon after, the latter and his three friends attempted assault on Da Silva, with the former repeatedly showing him the middle finger.

"... Mickky and his three companions tried to assault me. Mickky even tried to run his vehicle over me," Da Silva said in his post.

Pacheco told IANS on Monday that he is innocent.

"I was driving my jeep only to pick up a sick friend at Utorda. The jeep is four-wheel drive. Ambulances cannot be driven on beaches. Anyways, if I have broken a law by driving on the beach, I am ready to pay the fine. Why should this man confront me and point a camera at me?" Pacheco said.

The video clipping shows Pacheco sitting along with male companions at the beach shack, with alcoholic drinks on the table and then getting into an altercation with Da Silva. At one point, the former even falls as he tries to fling a glass at Da Silva.

Mickky denied assault charge and said he would file a complaint against Da Silva on Tuesday.

Pacheco is no stranger to controversies, earlier wearing bandanas to work at the as a Minister, getting booked in criminal cases, including for alleged assault, assault on government servants, extortion.

He was also sentenced to six-month imprisonment in 2015 for assaulting a



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 22:56 IST