PANAJI: Goa police said on Wednesday that the Santa Cruz shootout last month was a fallout of a rivalry between two gangs — Boom Boom, led by Imran Bepari, and Bang Bang, led by Zenito Cardozo — trying to establish their supremacy over each other.
Police said that Cardozo is the prime conspirator behind the attack.
These claims were made by Old Goa police in a reply filed before the principal district and sessions court, Panaji, to oppose an anticipatory bail application filed by Cardozo.
“The interrogation of accused persons, namely Sunny D’Souza and Francis Hadar, was carried out on June 23,” Old Goa PSI Chetan Saulekar said. “It was revealed that the incident was a fallout between the Boom Boom and Bang Bang gangs, operated by Bepari and Cardozo respectively.” Saulekar also said that it was revealed that Cardozo was the prime conspirator.
He also said that on Saturday, an offence was registered against Cardozo and four others under the IPC in a case pertaining to them threatening a person to convince his parents and family members to sign a land sale agreement.
Saulekar said that Cardozo and another person abducted the complainant, Gaurav Naik, from his residence, and threatened him with dire consequences.
Cardozo, in his application, said that the police stand has been that the incident had its roots in gang rivalries. The police had alleged that two men from different gangs had their eyes on the same woman and would regularly issue threats to each other, before things got out of hand on the weekend the shootout occured.