Goa Police today chargesheeted 51 Nigerians and a Ghana national who had blocked a national highway here in 2013 after assaulting policemen during a protest against the murder of an African man.
Porvorim police Inspector Jivba Dalvi who was investigating the case, filed the charge sheet before Mapusa Judicial Magistrate First Class.
The police had registered 52 different FIRs against a Ghana and 51 Nigerian nationals.
All the accused were booked under sections 341, 143, 147, 148, 152, 153, 427, 504, 506 323, 324, 307, 332, 353, 297 read 149 of IPC (related to rioting, assault on policemen, unlawful assembly) and Section 3 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act 1984 and Section 8 (B) National Highway Act, 1956.
According to the charge sheet, police have examined 92 witnesses including senior police officers who were present at the spot when a group of African nationals who were carrying a body blocked the road and assaulted policemen.
Police have collected 35 evidences including deadly weapons and vehicles which were used by the mob.
The investigation had revealed that the mob had blocked the hearse van which was carrying the body and assaulted policemen.
The body was thrown on the road demanding justice for the African national.
A Nigerian national was allegedly murdered as a part of drug rivalry between two groups in the coastal belt.
( Source – PTI )