Current Affairs Impact: NHRC Raps Goa Govt for Human Rights Violations in Cavrem

Taking cognizance of a complaint filed by and pursuant to its investigations, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has rapped Goa Government for violating the human rights of tribals of Cavrem last year.

The Commission has issued show cause notice to Chief Secretary demanding an explanation within four weeks as to why monetary relief should not be recommended to be paid to villagers.

The two-page report criticized the police brutality as the armed force unleashed a fierce lathi-charge on the people which included women and children as well.

“The local police, instead of sympathizing with the villagers, unleashed reign of terror on innocent villagers. The human rights of the villagers/victims have thus been violated”, the strongly worded note, signed by Assistant Registrar (NHRC Law) Prashar, reads.

The long-term saga of Cavrem tribals fighting to save their village from the mining menace had reached boiling point as the Government dilly-dallied on their demands.

The village with five iron ore mines managed to halt operations at one of them after an aggressive tribal agitation. The villagers had also halted movement of trucks from four other mines.

The letter had stated that villagers had been suffering air and noise pollution as mining truck owners and companies had been plying their vehicles beyond Government stipulated time.

Since the tribals began their stir, there was a spate of attacks on villagers and a tribal leader Nilesh Gaonkar, was mercilessly beaten up allegedly by pro-mining elements.

The Commission’s law division had also studied the report from an on-going investigation by M B Shah, Central-Government appointed inquiry commission on mining.

The Commission has referred to the report by the Konkan Railway wherein the 24-year-old anti-mining activist, who lost his job as mechanical engineer, failed to confirm his assailants. He had earlier suspected Sadhik and Mohhiddin Gaus of assaulting him.


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