Activists vandalise coal magnate’s home

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Illawarra coal magnate Arun Jagatramka, who leads Gujarat NRE Coking Coal, has had his house vandalised by environmental activists.

The Illawarra Mercury reports anti-mining messages were sprayed on the front fence of Jagatramka’s home.

The graffiti included the messages "carbon criminal," "I smell a gujarat," and "can’t eat coal, can’t drink gas," a slogan used by anti-coal seam gas lobby Lock the Gate.

According to the Illawarra Mercury Lock the Gate president Drew Hutton said the vandalism was not acceptable.

"It’s at the less harmful end of unacceptable behaviour but still unacceptable nevertheless," he said.

Hutton said the lobby was committed to non-violent action but while Lock the Gate’s slogan was used it did not necessarily mean the offender had been part of the group.

In a statement the NSW Minerals Council condemned the vandalism of Jagatramka’s home.

"Mr Jagatramka is a leading citizen of the Illawarra who is making a very significant contribution to the future of the region," it said.

"Once again it appears that the so-called ‘anti-coal movement’ has been overtaken by extremists who are prepared to flout the law to make their point."

The Minerals Council said vandalism and criminal acts had "no place in public debates about key policy issues in this country."

Image: The Illawarra Mercury

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