An NGO, whose petition in the Supreme Court led to the quashing of 88 mining leases in Goa, today locked the state's Mines and Geology department here alleging that the department was the "biggest source of illegalities".
The NGO, Goa Foundation, claimed that its action was a symbolic one.
Alvares later handed over the key of the lock they had placed at the department to Panaji police station in charge Siddhanth Shirodkar.
"We are symbolically locking the mines department because this is the biggest source of illegalities. We are not interested in harming anybody. We want to pass on a political message to everybody that this department has let Goans down," he said.
Prasanna Acharya, Director of the Mines and Geology department could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
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