Leaders of tribal communities in Goa want to approach National Human Rights Commission over a statement made by a senior policeman that he would have ordered firing during the violence at village Balli.

They said they would be approaching NHRC against Goa Director General of Police Aditya Arya who made the remark.

At a seminar on Human Rights on Saturday in Panaji, Mr. Arya had said that had he been present at Balli protest site, he “would have ordered police to fire, as the mob was not in control of their leaders”.

United Tribals Associations Alliance (UTAA), which spearheaded the protests on May 25, said that DGP’s statement was insulting and unwarranted.

“We will be filing complaint against the DGP with the National Human Rights commission for speaking in such a language against the tribals, who were protesting over legitimate demands,” UTAA President Prakash Velip told PTI.

He said the DGP should be transferred out of the State, as his words indicated that he was insensitive toward the demands of tribals.

Two tribal leaders were burnt to death on May 25 at Balli, after a mob of locals became violent.

Police are alleged to have been mute spectators as Manguesh Gaonkar and Dilip Velip were burnt to death.