Panaji: National Human Rights Commission
(NHRC) has issued notices to the Goa chief secretary and the
Director General of Police in connection with the alleged
violation of human rights during a tribals-led anti-mining
agitation in Cauvrem village.
The commission in its notice, dated May 24, has given
four weeks time to the chief secretary and the DGP to file a
Savio Rodrigues, a media professional, had moved NHRC
alleging violation of human rights of tribals of Cauvrem
village by the state government agencies, especially police.
Around 100-odd tribals from Cauvrem village on April
23 had accused local police of exercising brutal force in
crushing their protests against alleged illegal mining
activities in their village, located 80 kms away from the
Rodrigues also pointed out the attack on anti-mining
activist Nilesh Gaonkar, who was one amongst several youths,
who tried to stop the trucks allegedly carrying extract from
mines, and of brutalities committed by police against Velip
and Gaonkar tribes in the village.
Cauvrem has five iron ore mines. The state government
had in March shut down an illegal mine in the village
following protests by the villagers who accused that the
illegal extraction has destroyed up to 90 per cent cultivation
area of chilly and paddy.
"The villagers were only upholding the directives of
the government while staging a peaceful demonstration and
stopped movement of trucks," Rodrigues said.
A report highlighting the plight of the villagers, the
incidents in the past and recent, including a video grab
(showing footage of a woman being dragged by policemen) of
lathi-charge, and a report on the attack on Gaonkar was sent
to the NHRC by Rodrigues.