Retd HC judge to head inquiry into Balli episode
Panaji: The Goa Cabinet today approved the
appointment of former Bombay High Court judge to head the
judicial inquiry into the recent violence in the state in
which two tribal leaders were burnt to death.
Manguesh Gaonkar and Dilip Velip were burnt alive by a
mob at a cashew factory in Balli village on May 25, following
the violence over tribals` demand for implementing reservation
in government jobs in the state.
The `United Tribal Association Alliance`(UTAA), an
organisation, which led the agitation, had demanded judicial
probe into the entire episode.
The magisterial inquiry into the killings had indicted
policemen for being silent spectators during the incident.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat told reporters today that
Justice (Retired) S K Shah will head the inquiry that would
conduct a probe into the entire episode.
"Since a sitting judge could not be spared for the
inquiry, the Bombay High Court had recommended name of Justice
(Retired) Shah, which has now been approved by the state
cabinet," Kamat said.
Around 10,000 activists of UTAA had laid siege to several
important sections on National Highway-17. The tracks were
also blocked at Balli Railway Station, 60 kms south of Panaji
to protest against Kamat government`s failure to implement the
reservation in government jobs.
The peaceful agitation had taken a sinister turn, when
police started caning the protesters. The locals later joined
police in their attack on the tribals.
Magisterial inquiry conducted by Mihir Vardhan had
indicted policemen for being the "silent spectators" during
The report had said the policemen had no control on the
law and order situation.
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