United Tribals Associations Alliance (UTAA) on Friday set a 24 hour deadline for the government to hand over the probe into the killing of its two activists to the Central Bureau of Investigations.
After the violence at Balli on Wednesday which ended with two of its activists — Manguesh Gaonkar and Dilip Velip — being charred to death when a building of Adarsh Farmers’ Co-operative Society was burnt, UTAA has now shifted its agitation to Panjim where a chain hunger strike is on at Azad Maidan.
While the authorities are yet to commence investigations in the killing of the two activists, UTAA leaders have been booked for unlawful assembly, rioting, damaging public property, conspiracy and even attempt to murder.
Initially UTAA had demanded a judicial inquiry into the killing of its activists. However, as Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava gave them a cold shoulder, UTAA is now demanding a CBI enquiry said its President Prakash Velip.
Amidst claims that the goons who set the building on fire were hired by police themselves, Velip accused the police of destroying evidence in the case and further said that even the post mortem of the two dead bodies was sought to be done haphazardly by terming them as “unclaimed bodies”.
He said the bodies of the two activists will not be accepted by the family member for the final rites until action is taken against those responsible for their death.
Meanwhile, support for UTAA is growing with even ruling Congress Party members joining them. Goa State Law Commission Chairman Ramakant Khalap, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Vishnu Surya Wagh and GPCC member Kanta Gawade joined the hunger strike on Saturday.