NGO seeks Governor's intervention in February 19 crisis

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Panaji, Feb 24 (UNI) An NGO Utt Goenkara has today sought intervention of governor S C Jamir in resolving the crisis triggered after the February 19 attack at Panjim headquarters police station and subsequent manhandling of peoples' representatives.

''The continued silence by chief minister Digambar Kamat on the issue proves that the elected government has failed, calling for governor's intervention to exercise his constitutional powers,'' said spokesman Aires Rodrigues here.

Advocate Mr Rodrigues had further stated that timely and prompt intervention by the Chief Minister could have prevented the crisis from escalating and that the reluctance of the government to order a judicial inquiry into the incidents only proved that the authorities were scared that the truth will unravel.

Reiterating that only a judicial probe would reveal the truth and expose the human rights violations on February 19, Mr Rodrigues said the ministers, at whose instance the police acted so high-handedly, should not be spared.

Appreciating Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao expressing solidarity and prayers for the allegedly injured policemen , Mr Rodrigues wondered at the former's silence on the merciless beating of Panaji Mayor Tony Rodrigues, the Monserattes and in particular the unwarranted thrashing of their 18 year old son Amit inside his house and other innocent bystanders.


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