Police should have immediately arrested attackers: Radharao
Alleging that the state government is conniving with those who attacked the RTI activists at Margao, on Saturday, the spokesperson of UGDP, Mr Radharao Gracias, opined that the police should have immediately arrested the attackers by exercising their powers.
Speaking to the media, Mr Gracias said that the gathered people had no right to disturb the meeting held at the private hall as it was the right of the individuals to have their opinion and added that the government and the police had to protect these activists.
It may be recalled that the members of the Goa RTI Activists Forum were allegedly attacked by the mining-affected people in Margao when the activists were holding a seminar on the Shah Commission report.
Accusing the government, Mr Gracias, the former MLA, alleged that “it is a direct threat to the activists”, adding “this cannot be tolerated in Goa.”
“It was not a public meeting. They were not invited. What right do they have to disturb the meeting? Police should have arrested them using Sections 144, 143, 147 149 of the CrPC,’’ he added.
The spokesperson of UGDP was of the firm opinion that “all the mining licences or leases should be cancelled as the big companies are earning a lot of money without any investment.”
“The government should nationalise the mines and offer the contracts to the locals, especially, those affected by mining so that they can earn much more and the state can also save more by eliminating the middle men — the mining companies,” he added. [NT]