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Three UTAA Leaders Arrested

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Three United Tribals Associations Alliance (UTTA) – Prakash Velip, Vasudev Meng Gaonkar and Ramesh Tawadkar were arrested on Friday outside Crime Branch, Dona Paula; when they were protesting against the harassment being made to their members –Govind Gawade and Malu Velip who are still in jail as their bail applications have been rejected.

About 200 UTTA activists came to the streets demanding release of Goving and Malu. They protested outside the Crime Branch office for almost four hours after which a 10-member delegation met Superintendent of Police Mangaldas Desai at about 1:30pm and then the three activists were arrested.

The Crime Branch officials said that all the three are named as accused in the rioting case at Balli and they were wanted for a long time.

Accusing the government of suppressing the rights of the tribals, UTTA President Prakash Velip threatened to intensify the agitation if government does not pay attention to their demands.

Claiming that Govind and Malu are innocent, Velip condemned the way in which the government has handled this sensitive issue.

He also accused the government of protecting the killers of Manguesh Gaonkar and Dilip Velip.

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