Today the Fishermen’s agitation turned violent that led the police to do the lathi charge on the agitators. Fishermen’s strike is going on in Goa for past several days in the issue of unethical fishing in the sea today reached in the capital city with their demands. They were in the process of blocking the Mandovi River channel which created the fear amongst the Casino operators and police swung into the action. What happened next? Read the complete report here.
Goan traditional fishermen started the agitation against the unnatural way of fishing last week. In the bargain they also claimed to leave the fishing profession of the present condition continues further.
On Wednesday, hundreds of fishermen came out on the roads protesting against the unnatural fishing. They also surrendered their fishnets, trawlers, and other equipment before the Fisheries Department in Panaji as well as in the south Goa. According to them, the unnatural fishing includes the use of LED lights, China engine, and Bull trawlers.
Although the fishermen were protesting since Wednesday but the situation turned bit tensed on Thursday when the fisheries director Sharmila Monteiro was confronted by the agitators while she was leaving the state fisheries department office. The protestors demanded an explanation from her in a harsh manner about her failure to resolve the issue.
When police saw the is situation is going out of control they started handling the situation with little stiffness by pushing the protestors away from the way of the fisheries director. But the situation turned violent and protesters started misbehaving with the police personals by manhandling them. This led to police start the lath charge on the protestors. According to the sources, nearly twenty protestors were arrested by the police.
The joint secretary of Goencho Ramponkaracho Ekvott told the media that police arrested them instead of taking the action against the violators. “The police have arrested us instead of the real violators. They’ve taken action against the poor,” said a joint secretary, Goencho Ramporkarancho Ekvott, Olencio Simoes.
On witnessing the lathi charge by police half of the protesters fled the scene. They also removed their canoes and fishing boats that were blocking the Mandovi River Channel since Wednesday.
Prudent media news channel had released the video on YouTube that shows what exactly happened and what prompted the police to start the lathi charge on protestors. Have a look at the video here.