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Panaji:  Congress party on Tuesday met Chief Minister Pramod Sawant demanding high-level inquiry into the entry of Naphtha laden ship in Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).

The delegation of Congress leaders led by Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat claimed that the unmanned ship MT Nu Shi Nalini, which had ran aground off Goa coast after being anchored at MPT had originated from Pakistan.

Kamat told reporters after meeting Sawant that the Chief Minister has assured to hold high-level inquiry into the entire episode and action would be taken against those responsible for it.

Sawant, last week, had claimed that the Director General of Shipping would be holding inquiry into the entire episode about the ship, which currently has been re-floated and taken back to the MPT.

Congress party delegation which also included Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee President Pratima Coutinho demanded that the suspicious entry of the ship in Goan waters and subsequent development have raised serious questions related to the national threat, danger to the environment and likely disaster causing danger to human life.

The opposition party urged the Chief Minister that high-level inquiry should be ordered into arrival of the ship including its origin from Pakistan, consignor, consignee, cargo, licences and permissions.

“The Congress party also objects to the decision of Goa government asking the Director General of Shipping to investigate the matter, as the said agency itself is responsible to give permission to berth the said ship at MPT Port,” the Congress has said in a memorandum submitted to Sawant.

Pointing out that the Naphtha from the ship has already been offloaded in a tank in Vasco town, the party leaders have demanded that the Naphtha should not be transported through road.

“Transportation of Naphtha should be done only through A class ship by repumming the same from the shore tanks to the ship,” the opposition party demanded.

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