Sunday for the villagers of Saleri turned into a tragedy after a car dashed against a pedestrian at Saleri Sunday evening instantly killing him on the spot, the driver who abandoned his car after being chased by locals was later identified to be a migrant running a Yoga Centre at Khola.
An eyewitness informed that Paixao De Nilanova Fernandes a resident of Kazumoll in Khola was on his way to his house, at about 7.45 pm on Sunday.
When he reached Saleri New Wado a white coloured car approached from behind him and hit him killing him on the spot. Before anyone could come near the accident site the car speeded away.
A Local who was few metres behind however noted the registration number of the car and, a few local youths who were present followed the accused on their vehicles. However, he drove very fast said sources.
Immediately the 108 ambulance services and local police were notified.
The victim who died of the impact was shifted to Hospicio Hospital, Margao for post mortem after police conducted panchanama at the scene of the accident.
After a massive manhunt, the car (GA-11-A-3970) was located in bushes at Khola on the same day itself but by that time the accused who was later identified to be one Prem Krishna Ananda had fled after the accident.
The Canacona police brought the car which was allegedly involved in the hit and run case was later seized and brought to Canacona police station but lack of interest and arresting the culprit, angry locals gathered at Canacona PS on Monday. but still, the culprit is not arrested and sources say he is very rich and from a very influential family.
The victim has left back an elderly mother, his wife and 3 minor sons, and the victim was the only breadwinner of the house.
Locals have stated that if the police fail to nab the accused they will take out a huge morcha and not take possession of the body until the accused is behind bars.
Swadesh Desai a PSI at Canacona PS who is an investigation officer in the case informed that the absconding driver is booked under sections 279, 304 of IPC and 134 a and b of MV act while his nephew who allegedly dropped the accused to Margao from Khola is arrested under section 212 IPC the IO informed.