Panaji: The alleged incident of manhandling Goa’s renowned writer Dilip Borkar and another journalist at IFFI venue has snowballed into a political controversy.
Borkar was allegedly manhandled by the bouncers at ongoing IFFI on Friday evening when he had gone to attend the festival.
Congress, Goa Forward Party and Aam Admi Party (AAP) has condemned the incident in different media statements and tweets released on Saturday.
Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Digambar Kamat tweeted “Now @BJP4Goa @GovtofGoa and @esg_goa converts @IFFIGoa into International Fight Festival of India with arrogant Bouncers high handedness on Goan Delegates. Strongly condemn physical assault on Konkani writer and Activist Dilip Borkar by Thunder Force Bouncers. @goacm must act fast.”
Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai, in a media statement released here, said “Goa Forward Party condemns behaviour of bouncers with locals and prominent literature writers at IFFI.”
“Not with Goans, Not in Goa. The goons who call themselves as IFFI security and treat visiting celebrities like royalty and locals like servants must immediately cease their misguided and high handed behaviour,” he said.
Sardesai said “Intimidating and bullying Goans will get you nowhere. ESG Chairman should immediately take note of this.”
AAP Goa convenor Rahul Mhambrey tweeted “Express outrage at the manhandling of acclaimed writer Bab Dilip Borkar and journalist Bab Raju Nayak by bouncers deployed by ESG at @IFFIGoa. Such dadagiri at behest of @esg_goa will not be tolerated. I condemn this outrageous incident and demand apology from @esg_goa.”
Despite repeated attempts, ESG Vice Chairman Subhash Faldesai was not available for his comments.