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Suspended Mining Officials to take Government to Court

Following the suicide death of their fellow colleague D K Bhave, assistant geologist, Department of Mines and Geology, Goa, the remaining five suspended mining officials will be approaching the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court seeking justice, in what they are alleging is a victimization of Junior Mining Officials by the Goa government.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the suspended mining official told GoaChronicle.com that the suspension order is not the issue but the subtle yet insensitive treatment meted out to us by the government, without giving us an opportunity to explain ourselves. D K Bhave was an upright officer and this insensitive behavior of the government officials led to the humiliation and depression in our colleague that led to his tragic death. But now we need to fit for justice for ourselves. We are not the guilty people but we are being made scapegoats.

“The government must go after the real culprits like the former Director of Mines Agnelo D’Souza and Secretary of Mines Rajiv Yaduvanshi and politicians and mining companies involved in illegal mining. We were just doing our job and sometimes some of us were forced to act according to the dictates of our seniors,” expressed the suspended mining official.

Goa government is of the opinion that the suspended mining officials are under the scanner because of certain evidences that have come-up against them, including the deceased DK Bhave. “Suspension is not a punishment, but an act to investigate the illegality and ensure no tampering of evidence is done,” expressed the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

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