Police arrested 15 activists on Friday at Kala Academy, Panjim before the launch of diabetic registry which was to be attended by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Ambassador of Denmark to India Freddy Svane and others.
They were picked up from their seats in Dinanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir before the formal function could start.
Police claimed that these activists were arrested as preventive measures as they had plans of protesting during the formal function, while the activists said that they had gone to attend the function and not to agitate.
Those arrested included former Mayor of Panaji Ashok Naik, three sitting corporators of Corporation of City of Panaji – Shekhar Degvekar, Vaidehi Naik and Subhada Dhond.
After the arrests, several BJP and Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) activists laid siege inside Panjim police station including Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar demanding respectful release of the arrested activists. He also said that these protests will continue and they will not allow the Chief Minister to participate in any of the public functions.
These protests continued for almost two hours before Superintendent of Police Arvind Gauns came to the police station and released the activists.
Pointing out that the state cabinet has surpassed its mandate by making English as the medium of instruction; Parrikar said that it is for the state legislative assembly to decide in such matters.
He also informed that he had met state chief secretary, law and finance secretaries and told them that MoI was amended without vetting by law and finance department.