A staff member at a resort in North Goa's Pernem has been arrested for stabbing and molesting a Dutch tourist and also stabbing another person who went to help the tourist, informed police officials on Friday. The accused has been identified as Abhishek Verma and the injured person as Eurico.
Trespassing, knife attack
According to the Superintendent of Police (SP), Nidhin Valsan, "A resort staffer trespassed into the rented tent of the complainant, when she started to scream for help, one local person came to rescue her from the accused and seeing his presence, accused ran away after that accused person returned back with the knife and assaulted local person with a knife who had come to rescue and further assaulted the complainant with a knife and fled away from the spot."
The SP further said that the complainant and the local person were shifted to the hospital for treatment. "The knife used for the commission of the crime has been recovered. FIR has been registered under section 452,354,307,506(II) of IPC," said Nidhin Valsan.
Treatment at hospital
The complainant and the local person who was injured while trying to rescue the tourist have been shifted to the hospital for medical treatment.
The police are currently investigating the incident, and further details are awaited. The incident has sent shockwaves across the hospitality industry in the state, which has been struggling to cope with the pandemic and the subsequent drop in tourist footfall.
The incident highlights the need for strict background checks and proper training of staff in the tourism sector to ensure the safety and security of tourists.
(With ANI inputs)