Wendell Rodricks protests against illegal mining, closes boutique

September 14th, 2012 - 3:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Sep 14 (IANS) World-renowned fashioned signed Wendell Rodricks has closed down his fashion boutique in a hotel co-operated by a mining company in protest against the illegal mining in Goa.

In a press release issued here Friday, the ace designer who also hails from the picturesque riverside village of Colvale, 20 kms from here, said: “We are shutting our Wendell Rodricks Marriott retail store as we were not aware of the mining atrocities. For a better Goa, it is best we part ways.”

Wendell’s action comes a week after Justice M.B. Shah who was commissioned to probe illegal mining in Goa unearthed a Rs 35,000 mining scam here in which several leading mining companies have been named.

Wendell’s store had been operating from the Goa Marriott resort and spa which is managed by the global hospitality giants Marriott in partnership with Dattaraj Salgaocar, whose family manages the V.M. Salgaocar group of companies which runs V.M.Salgaocar & Bro, that in turn operates several mining outfits in the states.

The mining company is one of the several leading companies like the Vedanta Resources owned Sesa Goa as well as family run mining operations like the Timblo’s or Chowgule’s have been hauled up by the Justice M.B. Shah Commission in its report.

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