Action sought against erring police officials

Thermal power company accused of letting loose a reign of terror

‘Firm suppressed facts about location of the project’

Karwar: Members of anti-thermal power plant samiti began a 10-day relay hunger strike on Thursday in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner here.

They were demanding the withdrawal of permission for the proposed thermal power plant at Hanakon and action against the police officials who allegedly acted in a high-handed manner during and after the violence at Hanakon on July 30.

The leaders of the samiti said that people from different areas and villages would sit on dharna every day. Addressing the protesters, K.D. Naik, samiti president, said that even after 44 days of the violence, no action had been taken against the police officials who were accused of attacking and torturing the people.

Bhartiya Janata Party leader and environmentalist Ravindra Pawar said that the thermal power company had let loose a reign of terror against the poor fishermen and daily wage workers who are losing their lands for the plant. He said the environment in the Western Ghats area was being threatened by the different power projects. He said that to preserve the bio-diversity of the region, the thermal power project should be moved out of the area.

Shambhu Shetty, district INTUC president, alleged that the company obtained permission by different departments of State and Central Government by suppressing the fact that the proposed site of the project was within just 5 km radius of Curtigoan sanctuary of Goa. He said that the Project Tiger and Anashi reserved forests area were within 25 km radius of the project site and considering these facts the permission granted for the thermal project should be withdrawn. He said there was a big conspiracy to protect guilty police officials who were facing the charges of custodial torture and human rights violations.

Fishermen leader Uday Poshe spoke and urged for the justice. The leaders said that if the government failed to fulfill their demand within 10 days, they would intensify the agitation by roping in Medha Patkar in the agitation.