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Congress condemns lathi-charge on mining dependent protesters

The opposition Congress in Goa on Monday condemned lathicharge on protestors, mostly mining dependents, who had blocked two bridges in the city protesting against closure of mining following a Supreme Court order last month.

In a statement here, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Shantaram Naik wanted to know whether the lathicharge orders were issued from New York.

“Otherwise let the minister who has taken the responsibility of Home portfolio from the Mr Manohar Parrikar, the Chief Minister of Goa, come forward to claim the responsibility of the ‘illegal and unconstitutional’ order,” he said.

Naik asked whether Goa Police had consulted any of the three ministers before carrying on with the ‘illegal lathicharge’ and wanted to know whether Criminal Procedure Code in force in the State of Goa had extra-territorial jurisdiction.

He said that he had taken up the issue of ‘strange type of government’ in power in the state of Goa in a closed door meeting of Steering Committee of All India Congress Committee (AICC) held in New Delhi recently.

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