The QUEPEM TALUKA MINING AFFECTED PEOPLE’S FRONT on Friday 30 April 2010 staged a day long hunger strike in front of the Quepem police station in protest against the inaction of Quepem police to take action against Eupociano Pereira and Soccor D’Costa for attacking reporter cum advocate John Fernandes while he was in the custody of police at Quepem Police Station on 23 April 2010.
It may be recalled that that on 23rd April when John was at the police station he was attacked by Eupociano Pereira and Soccor D’Costa along with his other accomplice. That about the incident John Fernandes immediately filed a complaint before the police. But instead of arresting/booking the due on the very same movement as attacking infront of the police is a serious offence as both of them at the police allowed them to go.
That on 26th April the front had given a memorandum to the police giving an 48 hours ultimatum to arrest the duo or face the consequence. That after the memorandum the police booked the duo under section 107 of Cr.P.C.
The hunger strike commenced at 9.00AM and concluded at around 5.30PM. Number of dignitaries which including environmentalists, advocates and politician took part in the day long hunger strike.
As a precaution strong police from Quepem , Curchorem, Sanguem were deputed at the
Quepem police station. The Quepem Police station got an appearance of a fort.
Speaking to reporters after the hunger strike Front Convenor Adv. Fredrick Pereira stated the action taken against the duo is an eye wash. He further stated in future the people of Quepem will not tolerate any type of injustice.