Cases of desecration of religious places in Goa solved: Goa DGP

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar

THE Goa Police have caught a 54 year old taxi driver named Francis Pereira for vandalising religious structures including crosses at a cemetery in south Goa.

The Police had filed cases against unidentified persons in the regard and an investigation in the matter is underway.

There was police patrolling near the spot, but the miscreants seem to have damaged the cross when the lights went off, Patil said. "The CM said Goa Police will have a breakthrough shortly".

Director General of Police (DGP) of Goa Muktesh Chander on Saturday said that the recent cases of desecration of religious places in the state have been resolved. Since the beginning of July, he has destroyed 12 Christian religious symbols and from a PTI report, it is learnt that a temple has also been destroyed in South Goa. "As advised by him, I will wait for the police to crack the case", Lobo said, adding that he would only be satisfied if those involved in the crimes were arrested.

Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, whose Goa Forward Party (GFP) is an ally of the ruling BJP, had recently termed the desecration as an "act of terrorism" and demanded that the miscreants be shot at site.

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