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Merces panch’s death: Sudin blames land mafia



Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader and former PWD minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar on Monday sought the resignation of cabinet minister Mauvin Godinho after his brother’s name was mentioned in a suicide message left behind by Merces panch
Prakash Naik.

The former minister blamed the land mafia for the death of Naik, who was a property dealer.

“I doubt about his suicidal death. It is not a suicide but murder. I do not understand how a man of his strength and determination could commit suicide. Naik dealt in plots and land and must have fallen prey to unscrupulous land mafia. I demand for a fair and transparent investigation,” Dhavalikar told reporters.

He also said the state is plagued by the burgeoning land mafia and it is still growing under the nose of government agencies. “Conversion of land for commercial purposes is increasing at an alarming rate and the chief minister should come out with figure on the number of such applications pending for land conversion and illegal conversion that have happened and the action taken,” he said.

“If the government doesn’t take immediate action and succumb to the pressure of the land mafia then murder and abetment to suicide will continue,” he claimed.

Dhavalikar said that Naik was under “political pressure” to quit the MGP after 2017 assembly elections in return for land deals and conversions. The defection practice needs to be stopped as MLAs defect from the party not only for development but for personal gains, he said.

While reacting to the chief minister’s statement blaming NGOs for halting projects, Dhavalikar said that it is not only NGOs who take help of judiciary to halt projects but also local bodies and ministers have to be equally blamed for stopping different development projects including water supply and sewerage infrastructure projects across the state.

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