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GSHRC issues notice to Goa government

Panjim: The Goa State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) has issued notice to the state government on a plea filed by social activists Kashinath Shetye, Dr. Ketan Govekar, Arthur Dsouza, Desmond Alvares, Inacio Domnic Pereira, Narendra Chodankar and Ramchandra Manjrekar. T

The petitioners have objected to the deployment of two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) battalions to enforce the lockdown in Goa in the wake of the novel coronavirus crisis.

According to the petition, it has been alleged that the ongoing humanitarian crisis was being viewed as a law and order problem. Maintaining that the citizens were going out due to constantly changing announcements about supply of essential commodities, the petition hinted at the possibility of “uncontrollable civil unrest” if hungry citizens were subjected to “disciplining”.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Goa has recorded 5 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus until now.

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