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GFP chief spokesman accuses party chief of backing fish mafia

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Forward Party chief spokesperson Monday said Vijai Sardesai's "silence" on "harassment" of a woman who had certified the presence of formalin in the fish imported from other states is indicative of "abetment".

He also accused Sardesai, who holds Agriculture portfolio, of "backing fish mafia".

Taking serious note of D'Mello's statement, the GFP has issued him a show cause notice.

The GFP, with three MLAs, is one of the ruling constituents of the BJP-led in the state.

D'Mello's statement came in the wake of a complaint filed by Iva Fernandes, a State Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) who had accused some officials of mentally harassing her for filing a report in the past that fish imported in was laced with formalin, a type of preservative.

The had later retracted her report.

She had approached the State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) last week over the "harassment".

GFP accused D'Mello of planning to rejoin the Congress, which he had left on the eve of 2017 elections.

He said the GFP is in no way connected with the department, Fernandes and the supposed harassment that he mentions.

"It is obvious that the is on a recruitment drive and that the habitual desertersand 'Jumping Jacks' are being offered packages," Prabhudesai said.

Earlier in the day, D'Mello accused Sardesai of not taking up burning issues.

"In the recent criminal case of formalin laced fish, the people of Goa have seen your negative role in determining the criminals by backing the fish mafia, much to the ire of the people," he said.

D'Mello expressed anguish over "harassment and mental torture" of Fernandes.

"Iva Fernandes, an honest and upright person conducted the formalin tests on fish and gave her factual findings, bringing to light the criminal activities (slow poisoning) of the fish mafia that endangers the life of every Goan.

"This is now being harassed/mentally tortured to an extent that she has had to approach the Goan Human Rights Commission," he said.

D'Melllo appealed Sardesai to break silence on this matter.

"Your silence indicates that you are abetting in the harassment of this upright lady officer," he said.

The Goa Monday said it would hire an international agency to check fish and ensure that hazardous chemicals like formalin are not used as preservatives.

The issue of formalin or formaldehyde, a potential cancer-inducing chemical, as a preservative in fish has been rocking Goa for the last several months.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 23:10 IST