Protesting Caurem tribal Panch blind-folded, beaten up in Sada jail

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 24 March 2016 20:33 IST

Ravindra Velip, panch of Caurem-Pirla village protesting against alleged illegal mining, was blind folded and mercilessly beaten up in Sada sub-jail yesterday morning.

The shocking incident occurred yesterday as five protesting villagers were remanded to judicial custody on 22 March, after they were arrested for the second consecutive day for stopping e-auctioned ore transport.  

Ravindra has received multiple fractures on his left hand besides bruises all over his body as well as severe neck sprain.

According to Ravindra’s complaint, four unknown persons beat him up with shoes while no jailmate is allowed to wear shoes in the jail, except the jail guards.

As narrated by Lav Velip, the incident occurred at around 10 am yesterday, when they were taken out from the lock up to the toilet one by one.

Ravindra, the last one to be moved out, was blind folded by covering his whole face from backside and was beaten up mercilessly near the toilet.

The four persons literally lifted him up and threw down on the ground several times while also kicking him all over his body while he lay down injured on the ground.

They also threatened that his other four colleagues in the jail as well as his family members would also meet the same fate if he complained about the incident to the jail authorities.

Ravindra somehow managed to pull up the cloth on his mouth and shout after which the assailants ran away.

“There was nobody when we rushed to him from the lock up’, Lav told the media persons.


Fearing further attack, all five of them did not disclose the incident to any authority but managed to contact their lawyer to get them released.  

“I was told about the incident on the way after they were released at 10 pm since all of them were scared with the unimaginable incident in the judicial custody”, Adv Suhas Velip told the media.

While he rushed Ravindra to the GMC hospital, doctors identified multiple fractures on his left hand as well as injury marks all over his body.

“I refused to be admitted due to fear of being further assaulted in the hospital”, states Ravindra in his complaint.

This is the second incident of assault on the protesting tribal villagers of Caurem after Nilesh Gaonkar, another tribal leader, was beaten up in the village in 2011, when they had brought to the light the illegal mine, much before Shah Commission had submitted its report.

“The illegal mining is still continuing in our village, now under the garb of e-auction with double and triple the size of the legally shown ore is being picked up by the same lease holders, who were held responsible for illegal mining by Shah Commission”, alleges Nilesh.

Caurem village in Quepem taluka has three mines, leased out to Fomento, Tarcar and Magnum, a Canadian firm. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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Jungle raj in goa.ache dhin aa gaye.( ache dhin for robbers,molestors,Thugs,Mining mafia)


show black flags to all bjp MLAs and ministers including the great FEKU of goa i.e. EX panjim mla.

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