United Tribals Associations Alliance (UTAA) has called for a dharna at Azad Maidan on Monday from 9 am and after assessing the government’s response to their demands, a decision would be taken on taking possession of the bodies of the two tribals who were burnt to death on Wednesday at Balli.
The administration meanwhile is not taking any chances and has requisitioned a company of Rapid Action Force which has been familiarized with strategic point along the National Highway No. 17 right from Balli to Poinguinim.
RAF has been deployed in anticipation of the bodies of the two activists – Manguesh Gaonkar from Gaondongrim and Dilip Velip from Morpila – being taken for the final rites.
Meanwhile, the crime branch of Goa Police called three people from Balli for interrogation over the torching of the Adarsh Farmers’ Co-operative Society building on Wednesday.
It Was Murder: Parrikar
Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar said the death of the two tribal activists was nothing but cold blooded murder and further alleged that politicians were behind it.
Speaking to media persons after paying a condolence visit to Dilip Velip’s family and also visiting the Adarsh Farmers’ Co-operative building at Balli, he said the attack on the building was politically motivated to hit at its president Prakash Velip.
Parrikar alleged that Manguesh was beaten so badly that he could not run and questioned why he remained on the ground floor and did not join the other tribals on the first floor who were rescued by Fire Services personnel.
He also said that the presence of the kerosene cans and the blocking of the approach to the building clearly indicated that it was a well planned attack.
While pointing out that the stoning of the police and the lathi charge were independent of the burning of the building, he said the judicial probe should look into all the aspects of the incidents.
Parrikar also lashed out at the police for their insensitivity and demanded that the statement alleging that the tribals were drunk on Wednesday be withdrawn forthwith.
While pointing out that the statement amounted to pouring fuel over fire, he said he had written to the Chief Secretary urging him to withdraw the statement.
He questioned whether the police have recovered the containers from which the tribals had consumed the alcohol on that day.