Condemning police canning and detainment of 23 traditional fishermen during ‘peaceful’ protest demanding ban of the use of LED light at fishing by mechanised vessels, the Goa unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demanded judicial probe into the matter.
Goa Secretary Valmiki Naik said that the state BJP government was trying to suppress genuine demands of traditional fishermen besides putting their livelihood at stake. “They are violently trying to crush peaceful protest, the police personnel and the senior authorities must be held accountable,” Naik said.
However, the state police officials said that the protesters had blockaded the vehicle of Director of Fisheries, Sharmila Rebello, and also presumed that there was an attempt to assault on her, due to which they resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd and detained over 23 protesters, who were later released. Since Tuesday, traditional fishermen in the state have been protesting near Captain of Ports at Panaji against the ban on the use of LED lights (to attract fish) by mechanised boats as it affects the fish population.