Monday, June 23, 2008

Panaji: Post BJP Govt in Karnatak, SIMI Shifting Base to State?

Monday, June 23, 2008 6:05:00 PM (IST)

for Daijiworld Media Network - Panaji (GA)

Panaji, Jun 23: With Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) government taking over the reigns of Karnataka, the state is becoming unsafe for SIMI activists who are shifting their base to Goa and Maharashtra, leader of opposition Manohar Parrikar said ON Monday June 23.

Parrikar, briefing press persons this evening, quoted media reports which has carried confession of SIMI activists arrested in Karnataka recently. "It is clearly mentioned that SIMI activists have named Goa as one of their operational area," he said.

The BJP leader said that his party's rule in the state is likely to weed out the SIMI activities forcing them to look for new grounds.

The former chief minister said that the police have confirmed about activities of SIMI and certain elements having links with naxal-like organizations in the state.

He said that although these activities have not reached 'danger level' police needs to check them.

"There are certain sections which are trying to induce elements of extremism amongst the mining-hit villagers. They have links with certain outfits like naxalite movement," Parrikar said.

The leader of opposition, who heads Goa state legislative assembly's ad hoc committee on home affairs, had made stunning revelation about activists running naxal-like movement in the state, earlier last week.

His contention was supplemented by inspector general of police Kishan Kumar in presence of state chief secretary J P Singh. Kumar had contended that police was aware of such activities.

Parrikar said that the officers have disclosed several things in camera about the SIMI and naxal-like movement, in camera, which cannot be disclosed.

The leader said that the discontent stems from illegal mining activities which affects the life of villagers. "The police and politician nexus is trying to suppress the anti-mining sentiments," he alleged.

He said that at least ten ruling party legislators are involved in the mining business, of whom, only two were in the business before they contested elections.

"There are voices of discontent from villages against mining. Many villagers do not want their environment to be spoilt," Parrikar said.

Goa is the highest exporter of iron ore in the country and China market boom has fuelled the exporters further.

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