SIT to probe desecration of religious places in Goa

Police today said the SIT, currently assisting he Margao blasts probe, will now investigate the incidence of desecration at religious places in the coastal state.

Last Updated: May 13, 2010, 19:53 PM IST

Panaji: Police today said the SIT, currently
assisting he 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.

PTI