When one hears about fights between gangs, Hollywood movies tend to come to mind. People forget that these gangs exist in real life too and are always at war with each other. Two rival gangs clashed in Merces over the weekend and the fight has left 4 people severely injured.
The gangs are from Merces and Chimbel
The newspapers say that the rival gangs are from Merces and the neighboring village of Chimbel. The reason for the fight was due to some previous enmity between the two. Police arrested 8 people that were involved. The injured 4 were taken to GMC in Bambolim for treatment. One of them is said to be in a critical condition.
According to the police, the fight took place at around 10:30 pm on Saturday. 4 of the men involved were sitting at a bar in Merces. When one got up to use the washroom, he was noticed by a member of the rival gang. It is believed that this particular man was responsible for attacking a member of the Chimbel gang.
The attack took place after the Chimbel gang member called the rest to back him up, after seeing that man. The Merces gang was not going to be outnumbered and called more of their people.
Merces vs. Chimbel
Marcelino Dias from Merces, in his complaint, said the Chimbel gang, armed with deadly weapons such as knives, swords, and guns went on to restraint and abuse him and his friends. Dias said one accused pointed a gun towards him and later assaulted his friends with the weapons they were carrying. Similarly, the Chimbel gang said the same thing about the Merces gang.
The police have now registered two different complaints. Both gangs had something to say about each other. DySP Nelson Albuquerque said police have registered an ‘attempt to murder’ case against all the accused. He further added that men from both gangs had been in trouble before as well.
The Old Goa police have registered an offense in the case under sections 143, 147, 148, 323, 324, 307 read with Section 149 of the Indian Penal Code and read with Section 25 of the Arms Act.
PSIs Nitin Halarnkar and Ajay Dhuri are investigating the case.
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Information credit – TOI/ The Navhind Times