Friday, June 20, 2008

Goa govt. keeps vigil on Naxal-like activities

Panaji (PTI): The Goa government is keeping a close watch on naxal activities witnessed in recent months in the mining belts of this iron ore-rich state.

Although the police are yet to make any arrest or interrogate anyone from these areas, law enforcement authorities were shell shocked to see the content loaded on the blogs, which are anti-mining.

Goa is India's biggest iron ore exporter with more than 30 million metric tonnes of ore being exported to countries like China, Japan and other European countries from the state's two ports Mormugao Port Trust and Panaji Minor Port.

China's economic boom has propelled iron ore demand with mining activity gaining momentum. Sources said mine owners have even opened up their earlier mining leases to extract ore and export which fetches good price in international market.

The mining activity has apparently disturbed many villagers with a few anti-mining agitations raising their heads in recent months.

The naxalite activities has started taking advantage of this situation, leader of the opposition Manohar Parrikar said.

Parrikar, former Chief Minister, had raised the issue during a meeting of the ad hoc committee for Home on Thursday where police conceded that they were aware about the possible intrusion of naxalites.

The Leader of the Opposition said a group of six to seven people owing their allegiance to CPI-ML outfit were showing films on killing of policemen by naxals in Jharkhand.

The internet blog is used to spread the messages and also lot of bogus information,
Parrikar said.