John Fernandes, a Journalist and lawyer active in defense of community from various problems caused by mining industry was today assaulted near Quepem and later on was arrested at Quepem Police Station. He is still at the Quepem Police station when the last report came in at 11.30 pm. Attempts are being made to get his release at the earliest.
According to the eyewitnesses a group of people in intoxicated state came to Quepem Police Station and shouted abuses against Advocate John Fernandes. This group was reportedly led by one Subhas Phaldessai, a mining transport contractor and former member of South Goa Zilla Parishad.
More details are awaited.
Post Script: Advocate John Fernandes has been released by Executive magistrate's order at 11.50 pm.