In the late 1980s, the GIDC acquired land on Bhutkhamb for Nylon 6,6 production by the transnational giant Du Pont in collaboration with the Indian business house Thapar. Despite using two highly hazardous chemicals (adipic acid and Hexamythelene Diamine), Nylon 6,6 was officially declared pollution free. As residents discovered its environmental hazards, a long drawn-out agitation spanning several years catalyzed.


The final showdown came in 1995 when the police opened fired at protesters and one youth, Nilesh Naik from Kerim was killed (his Samadhi lies across Bhutkhamb today). In retaliation, protestors beat up the police, stripping some and chasing others into the woods and proceeded to the company’s office, burning everything they could find. Thapar-Du Pont found no relief even in the courts, which refused to extend police protection or issue restraint orders against protesters on account of the industry’s pollution generating potential. The company eventually shut shop and relocated to Tamil Nadu.

Konkani Pamphlet
Nylon 6,6, no thank you!
Goans Beware! The nylon 6,6 hoax
Goans Beware 2
Protesters damage dupont project site, 14 October 1994
Dupont project site incident free, October-15-1994
Destruction of nylon 66 property,15-October-1994
Probe ordered into assault on anti nylon activists,-22-January-1995
Kerim Tense! January-24-1995
1 killed in firing, 24 January 1995
1 Killed in police firing, 24-January-1995-2
More violence at project site, 26-January-1995
Thapar Dupont welcomes Kamal Nath's decision-,-2-February-1995
Row over nylon 6,6 hots up!, 3-February-1995
Cops lick wounds of Kerim, February-4-1995
A big shot at Nylon, 15 feb 1995-01
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C Martin
Nilesh Naik Remembered January 29 2009-01
Nilesh Nailk Memorial
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