Tuesday 1 November 2011

Bharat Mukti Morcha condemns police cases against Vanxim defenders

Bharat Mukti Morcha strongly condemns filing of criminal cases against Vanxim villagers belonging to Bharat Mukti Morcha. Bharat Mukti Morcha condemns Sao Mathias Sarpanch Ludvina Athaide for filing of police cases against Vanxim villagers protesting against golf course in their island. According to the information published on 31st october 2011 in Times of India Sarpanch has filed police cases against  Maggie Silviera, Neetyanand Volvoikar, Amrut Volvoikar, Sadanand Tari, Mohan Volvoikar and Eulogio D'Mello at Old Goa Police station. These people are leading freedom movement against bamon raj symbolized in Vanxim through bamon Mahendra Gaunekar and Bamon Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao who sold Vanxim island.

The above named people are directly connected with Bharat Mukti Morcha as well as Ilha de Vanxim Association. Maggie Silveira is Bharat Mukti Morcha Mahila Aghadi Goa State President. Filing cases against these people by Sarpanch Athaide has further intensified involvement of Bharat Mukti Morcha. They have already been honored as freedom fighters with these cases in Goa's history.

These villagers along with many other has been to the announced Gram Sabha on 30th October 2011. These villagers saw that there was no place in the Panchayat to accommodate large number of people specially those who came to the Panchayat to oppose the project. They asked Sarpanch and Secretary to hold the gram sabha outside in the open so as to accommodate the gathered public. They both refused and then announced that this gram sabha will not going be held. Agitated public refused go away without conduct of the scheduled Gram Sabha.

At this juncture gathered public demanded resignation of Sarpanch as well that of other panchayat members. Public then told secretary to write minutes and public will go ahead with gram sabha and one of the Gram Sabha members will chair this meeting.

Panchayat itself called public for the gram sabha and Panchayat did not make any arrangement for accommodating them. Panchayat members including Sarpanch had acted in very irresponsible manner. People's protest was directed towards this irresponsibility of the Sao Mathias Panchayat. It is matter of deep concern that Sarpanch has chosen to file criminal cases against the people who came to the Panchayat to exercise their democratic rights.

The action of Sarpanch is a clever conspiracy to subvert democracy and establish brahmanocracy - brahmanical rule. If the members of Panchayat respect democracy then its Sarpanch must withdraw these police cases filed at Old Goa Police Station.

According to the sources at Old Goa police station these cases against Vanxim people are filed at the behest of bamon Mahendra Gaunekar in order to create fear. Bamon Gaunekar has become desperate after his earlier pressure tactics of splitting the Vanxim villagers through money failed as villagers united to his domination of Vanxim through construction of various projects like golf courses, hotels, resorts, private marinas inside the water bodies and re-name the Vanxim island as Ozone island.

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