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No benefits, Caurem villagers locked up again; ore transport suspended

 

Five villagers including panch of Kaurem-Pirla village were arrested for the second consecutive day today, for stopping transport of e-auctioned iron ore from Fomento mining lease.

As the protesting villagers refused to sign a bond and get released, they would be sent to the judicial custody after producing them in the court, Quepem PI Pravin Gawas told goanews.com.

The villagers have been demanding that the iron ore be transported through a co-operative society of the locals while an outsider transport contractor has been employed to run the trucks.

Sensing the increasing opposition to the ore transport, the contractor however has stopped the transport, citing reason of Shigmo and Holi.

The ore transport was started yesterday while most of the villagers had gone out of Caurem to play Shigmo from house to house.

The police had yesterday arrested eight villagers, led by local panch Ravindra Velip, who were later released on personal bond.

However, after today’s arrest, the protesting villagers refused to sign the bond, in protest.

The five protesting villagers, besides Ravindra Velip, include Lavoo Velip, Suraj Gaonkar, Sameer Gaonkar and Pravas Velip.

While the BJP government had said that mining resumption and sale of e-auction would benefit the locals, the government seems to be not in a mood to listen to the woes of locals.


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