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Suspended Mines Official Commits Suicide, CM accussed of Abettment

Considered by colleagues in the Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) to be an upright officer, Dattaraya Bhave – an Assistant Geologist allegedly committed suicide at his Ponda residence early Friday morning.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had placed Bhave among other five officials of the DMG under suspension in the wake of the Shah Commission report. However, no investigation or inquiry was conducted before what is been seen as an arbitrary decision taken by the CM on the suspension of the mining officials.

Interestingly, while Bhave faced the suspension, Ramakant Shetgaonkar another mining official who has been named in the Shah Commission report implicitly in the issue of condoning of delays of the mining leases, yet no action has been taking by Parrikar on this front.

Sources in Bhave’s family and mines department attribute the suicide to the humiliation experienced by Bhave on account of the suspension. “He was undergoing severe mental trauma and was in deep humiliation, ” expressed a close colleague of Bhave.

GoaChronicle.com has also learnt that Bhave appeared to be targeted and humiliated because most data and details on the illegal mining provided to Justice MB Shah from the mines department came from Bhave. And in many ways he was the whistle-blower in the mines department who worked with UV Singh of the Shah panel to unearth the illegal mining scam in Goa.

Congress spokesperson Jitendra Deshprabhu has accused the CM of abetting the suicide of the mines official and plans to file an FIR with the police authorities.

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