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UTAA Still Awaiting Govt.’s Action

United Tribals Associations’ Alliance (UTAA) is unlikely to lift their hunger strike at Azad Maidan Panjim as the administration is yet to act on the assurances given to them by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat when he visited them on Saturday.
While the Chief Minister had promised that those responsible for the murder of its two activists at Balli within 24 hours, the time period has long since expired with no sign of any arrests being made.

On the contrary the police appear to have taken a belligerent stand by blaming the tribals who they said were inebriated.
The Chief Minister has promised that South Goa Collector G P Naik would be suspended immediately. However, as G P Naik got himself admitted to a private clinic complaining of high blood pressure, the suspension notice was not served on him till afternoon.
And though the Chief Minister had agreed to a judicial probe, the enquiry officer was not named till the afternoon.
Given the administration’s failure to implement any of the assurances given by the chief minister, UTAA has decided to continue their agitation till the assurances fructify.
The bodies of Manguesh Gaonkar and Dilip Velip will continue to lie in the Goa Medical College morgue till the government acts on the promises made by the chief minister.
MLA Ramesh Tawadkar meanwhile accused the Chief Minister of only paying lip service to their cause and said they will not lift their agitation till the murderers of the two youngsters are found.

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