BJP national executive to discuss killing of tribals in Goa

BJP`s National Executive meeting, to be held in Lucknow tomorrow, will discuss among other things the killing of two tribal leaders at Balli village in Goa during an agitation last week.

Panaji: BJP`s National Executive meeting, to
be held in Lucknow tomorrow, will discuss among other things
the killing of two tribal leaders at Balli village in
Goa during an agitation last week.

BJP`s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde told
reporters here today that it was a very serious issue and the
national executive would discuss it threadbare.

Munde, who visited Balli, said the party would also raise
the issue in the Parliament during the next session.

Two tribal leaders- Manguesh Gaonkar and Dilip Velip --
were burnt alive by a mob on May 25 at Balli, allegedly in the
presence of policemen.

Munde said that he, along with BJP`s tribal leaders,
would meet the Prime Minister over the happenings in Goa.
"We will also press for dismissal of Goa government at
the meeting with the PM," he said.

BJP`s tribal cell had earlier sent a three-member fact-
finding committee here, which has submitted its report to the
BJP president, Nitin Gadkari.

Munde said that Goa Governor Dr S S Sidhu, who visited
Balli yesterday, should present his report to the centre.
"Through the report, it will be amply clear that the law and
order situation in the state has hit nadir. This calls for
dismissal of the government," he said.

Munde also demanded that the policemen, who were
allegedly mute spectators to the killings, should be booked
under section 302 of Indian Penal Code for murder.

Munde met family members of Gaonkar and Velip, and
offered them financial help of Rs one lakh each from the party
funds.

PTI

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