SIT to probe desecration of religious places in Goa

| May 13, 2010

PANAJI: Police on Thursday said the SIT, currently assisting the Margao blasts probe, will now investigate the incidence of desecration at religious places in the coastal state.

"Since Margao blast case investigation has reached its fag end and the chargesheet is to be filed on May 17, SIT officers will now work on the idol desecration cases in temples and churches," a senior Crime branch official told PTI today.

Goa, with almost 30 per cent Catholic population, had witnessed several incidents of Church desecration in recent past. These incidents were besides idol desecrations in temples witnessed during last three years.

State Chief Minister Digamber Kamat had assured to look into these cases when a Guardian Angel Church at Curchorem town was desecrated by vandals last week.

Curchorem police said miscreants had vandalized statues of St Benedict and Our Lady of Lourdes erected outside the Church. These statues were specially brought from Portugal and placed here almost 50 years ago by the parishioners.

In the same premises, statues of Christ the King and Fr Agnelo were also damaged. This was second Church to be targeted within a month.

The vandals, earlier, had desecrated a Church at Chandor, a remote village in south district.

Crime branch's SIT will be now asked to crack these instances of idol desecration which may flare communal tension in the state.

Interestingly, SIT was formed almost one and half year ago when temple desecration had become order of the day in the state. But the team could not make much headway as it was marred with frequent transfers of the officers.

Crime branch officer said a few officers attached to SIT were transferred. "Whoever is left in the team will begin the probe. If needed, more officers can join them later," he added.

Tags: , , ,

Category: Church Security