4 more mining trucks stoned, ore transportation stops once again

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 23 December 2015 22:28 IST

Violence erupted once again with four trucks transporting Sesa Goa’s iron ore were stoned by the locals at Sanvordem.

The truck owners have stopped transportation of mining, demanding  higher rates than what Sesa Goa is paying –Rs eight per tonne per km.

The action was supported by locals of Sanvordem by supporting the strike and not to allow a single truck to ply from tomorrow.

South Goa SP Shekhar Prabhudesai confirmed the trucks having been stoned by some unknown persons today afternoon.

The trucks, after unloading iron ore at the Kapxem jetty, were returning back to Codli mine leased out to Sesa Goa.

According to A N Joshi, Sesa Goa’s vice president (Communications), it was not fresh extracted ore but the e-auctioned ore.

“We are paying them the higher price fixed by the government and not Rs eight offered for fresh extracted ore”, he said.

Nilkanth Gawas, president of All Goa Truck  Association, expressed total ignorance over the incident, stating the main leaders of the association were in the court.

The leaders were today summoned by the Mapusa district and sessions court in connection with the case of burning one truck transporting Sesa ore on 4 December.

“Situation is going out of hands. Locals in the mining area have started reacting violently. Government needs to act fast”, Gawas told goanews.com.

Hundreds of truck owners also had a morcha in Amona-Navelim today in support of the ongoing strike.

While stalemate over the transportation rate continues, Sesa Goa has now decided to stop transporting even the e-auctioned ore, unless they get police security.

While Joshi claimed that they had hired some private truck owners, Gawas alleged that trucks belonged to Sesa Goa employees.

“The company is dividing the workers through such tactics and making the situation worse”, says Gawas.

Refuting the allegation, Joshi says: “we are not interested in worsening the situation. We want an amicable situation so that everybody gains when the cake is shrunk.”

Meanwhile, Sesa Goa employees, threatened by company’s policy of ‘No work, No pay’,  met Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

Joshi says he is happy that the workers have assured the CM to continue the work even by creating a human  chain to prohibit those who want to stop the mining operations. 

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