Thursday 10 November 2011

Vanxim villagers file police case against Bamon Bruno Ferrao, chase him out of island

Vanxim villagers today 10th November 2011 filed police complaint against Bruno Ferrao for threatening women in Vanxim island. The complaint is filed at Old Goa police station after the head on confrontation against Ozone group staff led by its manager Bamon Bruno Ferrao by Vanxim villagers mostly women organised as Bharat Mukti Morcha and Ilha de Vanxim Association.

At around 10.00 am today morning Ozone group sent in their team of four agents including Bamon Bruno Ferrao to do survey work with instruments like tripod. Villagers asked them for their identiy. They had none. Then villagers asked for the permission from any of the Government authority. They had none.

Women of the village asked the agents to stop work on public road and go away. They refused and threatened women in case they do not move away. This angered the villagers. Sensing the angry mood of the villagers Bamon Bruno Ferrao got frightened and ran way into the nearby by house and locked himself inside causing panic to the students of embroidery classes. The house there after was emptied and locked after this incident.

The rest of the agents then began pleading to return back the tripod. Villagers refused. Bamon Bruno Ferrao (from Divar but currently staying in Merces) and rest of his agents from Karnataka then fled from Vanxim Island.

Villagers then went to Old Goa police station and filed complaint. The text of the complaint is as follows:

From: Ilha de Vanxim Association and
Chief, Bharat Mukti Morcha, Mahilas of Bharat Mukti Morcha

Date 10th November 2011

Police Inspector,
Old Goa Police Station

Subject: Illegal activities in the village without permission from any government authorities and threat to our lives


We the Mahilas of Ilha de Vanxim Association, Bharat Mukti Morcha went to ask following:
Who is your superior?
Who has sent in you'll here?
How can you'll come to our land (Vanxim) and do such activity?
When the cases of our entire village are going on in Deputy collector's court every 15  days who gave you'll this authority?
We asked for them for their ID card proof which they did not have.
We also asked of NOC of Panchayat. They did not have.

They got aggressive towards us and threatened us. So we took their instrument called tripod and kept with us. We will not give the instrument.

Our condition:
1. They must stop coming to Vanxim.
2. All of them must give Ilha de Vanxim Association Mahilas and Bharat Mukti Morcha apology letter.

Our Mahila's names Ms. Maggie Silveira, Anuradha Volvoikar, Deepika Tari, Swati Volvoikar.

The males present who threatened us are Bruno Ferrao, Sadanand, Manju and Narayanswamy.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,
Maggie Silveira

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