Social activists hold dharna at Margao


 A large number of social activists held a peaceful protest dharna on Thursday opposite the South Goa collectorate building in Margao to protest against the alleged 'inefficiency and nexus between the police and criminals'. The main demands of the activists revolved for streamlining the recruitment process of the police force, reviewing daily operations and activities of the police force.
"Some police officers are involved in various criminal activities like registering fake FIRs, manipulating and fabricating crimes, unleashing police aggression on innocent citizens in the mining belt and acting tough on people at the behest of politicians," said Socorro D'souza, president United Goans Welfare Front (UGWF). UGWF general secretary Laurel Abranches said that they would take up the matter with the chief minister and home minister.
Ramdas Hazare highlights Fatorda's power woes: Social activist Ramdas Hazare gave the power department an ultimatum to look into allegations made by the residents of Fatorda over the alleged faulty implementation of underground cabling and unusually high electricity bills and to rectify the errors immediately.
Hazare, who is belongs to the Fatorda Yuva Shakti group pointed out that the residents of Fatorda and Margao had submitted a memorandum to power minister Milind Naik. Hazare stated they had met the power department officials recently and found out that the underground feeders at Comba and Fatorda were producing low voltage, which in turn was causing the power fluctuations.
Hazare has threatened to gherao the office of the power department along with the residents of Fatorda in two weeks time if no corrective measures are taken. [TOI]