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Parrikar's kin files complaint against GSM for 'defaming' CM

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

A relative of

has filed a complaint against activists of the Suraksha Manch (GSM) for allegedly defaming the CM and his family members during a protest here.

The chief minister's nephew, Akhil Parrikar, lodged a complaint yesterday at the station in North district, accusing and others of "defaming and maligning the image of Manohar Parrikar and his family members".

Meanwhile, workers also lodged a counter-complaint against activists, including Akhil Parrikar, for manhandling and assaulting them during the protest yesterday on the sidelines of Amit Shah's meeting near here.

The activists of GSM, a political party floated by a former RSS functionary, protested against Shah's reported statement at an election rally in that he would assure supply of the water to farmers in the southern state, if the party was voted to power.

The CM's nephew, in his complaint, alleged that while he was proceeding towards the venue of Shah's meeting, the activists stopped his car and threw a water bottle at his mother.

He also accused the GSM supporters of manhandling him and his family while they were travelling in the car, and shouting slogans against the and the that, he claimed, were intended to "defame and malign" the CM's image.

However, in a cross-complaint filed at the same police station, the GSM workers alleged that along with others stopped at the place where they were "peacefully demonstrating" and hurled abuses at them.

GSM demanded action against those who disrupted the "peaceful demonstration".

When contacted, a at the station confirmed receiving both the complaints and said that an inquiry was on.

"We have taken the statements of those named in the complaints," he added.

Goa Manohar Parrikar, through a video message, yesterday said that he would return to his home state in the "next few weeks" from the US, where he has been undergoing medical treatment since March.

The video message was played at the BJP workers' meeting that was addressed by

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 14:00 IST