Friday, October 26, 2007

‘Assault’ on environmentalist

‘Assault’ on environmentalist

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Leo Saldanha of thye Environment Support Group was assaulted allegedly by security personnel of Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) on Thursday.

Mr. Saldanha said that he was on a study tour with American students to explain to them the impact of urban growth on tanks and lakes when the security personnel got into an argument with him and beat him up. A complaint has been filed at the Talaghattapura police station, Bangalore Rural district.

A NICE spokesperson, however, denied the allegations. He said that Mr. Saldanha and his team were asked to leave the area as they were blocking the road.

“Villagers in the area whom Mr. Saldanha abused had beaten him up. We went there to rescue him,” he added.


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