Goa Federation of Mines Affected People (GOAMAP) strongly condemns threats from Goa Forest department to tribal Tulsidas Velip and his family on June 9 2010 in Cavrem, Quepem and use of pressure tactics to withdraw his statement to Prime Minister of India that there are tigers in the vicinity and the forest needs protection.
GOAMAP believes that forest officers involved in threats have done so at the behest of sadistic mining lobby that is hell-bent on destroying western ghats forests forever. Goa forest department officers has a history of functioning as agents of mining industry. This is evident from large track of forest land being parceled away to mining companies to earn hefty profits and put people and ecology into peril.
GOAMAP demands strict action against the three officers of the forest department involved in threatening Tulsidas Velip and his family on June 9, 2010.