Goa village protest iron ore pollution

 Quepem police inspector S Narvekar said 94 villagers including 36 women were arrested for obstructing the passage of the trucks. They were released later in the day.

The transportation of ore through the village has been virtually suspended over the last few days with the villagers’ agitation.

Cavrem has become the symbol of the unequal fight between the politically-backed powerful mining lobby in Goa and a village determined to make its voice heard.

In March, the state government was compelled to shutdown an illegal mine being operated in the area by a well-connected ore exporter. The mine was shutdown only after the villagers took a morcha to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s residence in Margao.

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