Balli incident in Goa: BJP forms another panel

BJP has announced formation of a seven-member fact finding committee to probe the Balli violence incident.

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2011, 14:57 PM IST

Panaji: Even as Goa government is waiting
for the Bombay high Court to assign a judge to investigate
Balli violence, BJP has announced formation of a seven-member
fact finding committee to probe the incident.

BJP`s Goa unit chief, Laxmikant Parsekar, told reporters
on Sunday that the committee will reconstruct the events of
May 25 at Balli village.

Two tribal leaders were burnt alive during an agitation
for tribal community`s demands at the village, as the locals
clashed with agitators.

On government`s part, Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava
today said that authorities were yet to get response from the
Bombay High Court, to the request to designate a judge for a
probe.

BJP had set up fact-finding committee earlier too. Led by
senior leader Faggansingh Kulaste, it submitted a report,
which was discussed in BJP`s National Executive meeting at
Lucknow.

Parsekar said there were several new pieces of evidence
which had not been considered in the first report.

New committee comprises former Dy SP Santoba Desai, MLA
Fransic D’Souza, Dr Wilfred Mesquita, Rajendra Arlekar, Govind
Parwatkar, Narendra Sawaikar, Santoba Desai and Dr Venkatesh
Prabhudesai.

Police probe was superficial and left out the main
accused, Parsekar said.

"During the cleaning of the building where both leaders
were burnt, bones were found. This means that Manguesh Gaonkar
was tortured, killed and his body was mutilated before he was
thrown into the fire," Parsekar alleged.

According to the magistrate`s inquiry, police had been
mute spectators to the killings at Balli.

PTI