: The Goa State Human Rights Commission on Monday issued notice to officials seeking their explanation over a complaint of human rights violation filed by a person of Goan origin holding Pakistani citizenship, who alleged that he had been made to run from pillar to post for 30 years in his pursuit to seek Indian citizenship.

Notice has been issued to the Home Secretary, Government of India; Chief Secretary and Home Secretary, Goa; Superintendent of Police, Foreigners’ Branch; and Director-General of Police, Goa. The next hearing has been fixed for April 15.

Albert L. Pereira, complained to the commission on February 22 claiming that he was being harassed by officials while renewing his and his children’s residence permit every year.

He claimed that the police called him late in the evening to the police station along with his guarantor and that he even faced harassment from CID personnel.

As he was not eligible for an identity card (ID), he had no access to internet café’s, driving licence, bank account, ration card, and medical card. Moreover, he was not allowed to work, which meant that he had to depend on his guarantor who, being aged, could not finance him for long.

Mr. Pereira complained that he could not get custody of his father-in-law’s property in Goa after his death because of his Pakistani status. For over 30 years he had been working in the Gulf while his late wife and children were in Goa. He claimed that he had built two houses and a guesthouse on his father-in-law’s property, but could access it.

He had attached copies of documents to substantiate his claim that he has so far written to three Prime Ministers, two Presidents and two Home Ministers (P. Chidambaram and Sushilkumar Shinde), but to no avail. He also attached copies of letters to the then Goa Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro in 1998 which was forwarded to Union Home Minister L.K. Advani. Another copy attached with his complaint was a letter written to Mr. Advani by Manohar Parrikar asking him to expedite the process.

Mr. Pereira pleaded that he be permitted to work or do business until he gets citizenship.

Status report

In another case, the commission on Monday called for a status report from Margao police following a complaint from a woman , who resides in Canacona in south Goa, who had complained to the commission on March 18 alleging that the Margao police failed to act on her complaint alleging that she was raped by Prashant Kolamkar Bhandari, a police constable, then attached to Aggassaim police station (Goa). The commission noted that it decided to look into the case as it complains of “delay in investigation despite a complaint of rape by a policeman.”

Following a complaint of harassment by Police Sub-inspector Gaurish Parab from Bicholim police station, the commission on Friday issued notice to him; Superintendent of Police, North; the Chief Secretary and the Home Secretary of Goa asking them to be present for the next hearing on April 22.

In another complaint, the commission on Monday issued notice to the Police Inspector in charge of Verna police station in south Goa and Superintendent of Police, South, and the Chief Secretary and the Home Secretary, Goa, seeking their explanation over a complaint of harassment from Prashant M. Naik, Sancoale, south Goa, against his neighbour Prakash Shankar Naik, a constable.

  • Complainant has alleged that he has been made to wait for 30 years for Indian citizenship

  • Claims to have made representations to three Prime Ministers, two Home Ministers