PANJIM: Environmentalists on Monday came out strongly against the government wherein mining-dependent people heckled activists and disrupted a seminar on the Shah Commission report, in Margao on Saturday claiming the government provoked the pro-mining lobby against them.

Ramesh Gawas who claimed that he was the main target of the mob, accused Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of provoking the mining-dependent people by making statements like ‘it would not be a surprise if people affected by mining closure attack environmentalists’.