: Member of the Goa State Environmental Protection Council Nandkumar Kamat on Tuesday addressed a memorandum to the Chief Minister regarding the possibility of violence against anti-mining activists and demanded that security be strengthened.
Mr. Kamat’s memorandum was in response to news reports which regarding the dangers to anti-mining activists and specifically referred to Claude Alvares of Goa Foundation, social worker Ramesh Gawas, and his colleague in Mahdei Bachao Abhiyan Rajendra Kerkar.
He said as Home Minister Mr. Parrikar should direct the police to study the perceived threat, and provide the activists and their families with adequate security.
He further stated that security should not be withdrawn till the situation stabilises.
“I reiterate that no efforts should be spared by the government in protecting these citizens,” Mr. Kamat said.
He said that there may be other anti-mining activists with perceived personal threats, but it is for the government to identify the vulnerable people on the basis of intelligence.
Only last week the Chief Minister, during a press conference, had expressed concern over intelligence reports that frustration among those dependent on mining over a ban was growing, and said that he was concerned over the safety of environmentalists as police reports indicated the possibility of violence.
On Sunday, this was followed by a mob attacking RTI activists and disrupting their meeting in Margao.