Groups petition Karnataka CM over demolitions in Sangolda



Kannada organisations from Belagavi region have petitioned Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah to initiate steps towards the rescue of the displaced Kannadiga families from Sangolda, after their houses were demolished following a High Court order.

The organisations have also urged the Goa government to provide alternative arrangements to settle these displaced families.

“Today, we sent a letter to Chief Minister Siddaramiah, Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar and Chairman of Karnataka Border Development Authority Justice Shivaraj Patil appealing to them to take up the eviction issue in Sangolda, where hundreds of Kannadiga people have been displaced,” said Ashok Chandargi, a noted Kannada activist.

Chandargi, who is also member of the Karnataka Border Development Authority, has condemned the inhuman attitude of Goan authorities and the lethargy observed in providing an alternative shelter to the displaced families.

“In 2015, many Kannadiga families were displaced in Goa after their structures were demolished. There is a judgement of Supreme Court delivered in 2017 for providing alternative arrangements for the evicted families, however, the Goa Government has not implemented this order,” Chandargi has stated in the letter.

“Under these circumstances, I urge Chief Minister Siddaramiah to talk to his Goan counterpart and stop the eviction operation and also see that displaced families get alternative housing facilities.”

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