Director General of Police Aditya Arya’s “shoot orders” statement has drawn flak with politicians accusing him of being insensitive and opining that such a statement should not have been made on the day when Goa Revolution Day is being observed.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Govind Parvatkar said the statement made on the historic “Goa Revolution Day” is a manifestation of the present government’s insensitivity to people’s issues.
Pointing out that the then dictatorial Portuguese regime had threatened to fire upon Goans demanding independence on 18th June 1946, he wondered whether Arya’s statement 51 years later on the same date is a manifestation of Goa returning to dictatorial regime and that too in the year when it was celebrating the golden jubilee of its liberation.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subash Shirodkar also condemned the statement terming it “bad in taste”.
However, Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson stood by the DGP. He said that if rounds were fired in the air as clarified by the DGP, then probably the crowd would have dispersed and two lives would have been sparred.