Goa police arrest 50-year old man for religious desecration, he says he was ‘freeing trapped souls’

Manohar Parrikar who suspected of a “planned attack” has rushed to Curchorem where Pereira is being probed. The attack had created fears of communal tension with political allies too asking the government to take serious note.

By: Express News Service | Updated: July 15, 2017 12:06 pm
Goa Police arrested Francis Pereira last night in connection with a series of cases of alleged desecration of Christian religious symbols. (ANI)

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 arrest — seen as the end of a two week tense period in Goa where crosses and even a Hindu temple was targeted comes as great relief to the state government. According to DG Muktesh Chander, the initial questioning has led to Pereira admitting his crime. He has told the interrogators he has gone on a rampage due to his “belief that he is freeing the trapped souls”.

His most rampant attack was felt at Guardian Angel Catholic cemetery in South Goa’s Curchorem village where he damaged niches, granite crosses, tombstones, and graves. “He has confessed of having done this for the last five years. We are trying to probe if he was behind the earlier attacks on crosses too,” said an official.

Manohar Parrikar who suspected of a “planned attack” has rushed to Curchorem where Pereira is being probed. The attack had created fears of communal tension with political allies too asking the government to take serious note. The sitting MLA Nilesh Cabral had even threatened to go on a strike if the accused wasn’t nabbed in time. The Goa police was advised to use all modes of investigation by Parrikar himself as he said “even technology if human intelligence fails”.

Pereira’s first three attacks at crosses alongside roads were at evening hours, while his last attack was during heavy showers. The team that nabbed him is expected to be rewarded by the state government later this evening.

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    Pravin Prabhu
    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:15 am
    It's a fact that all sewage treatment plants coming up in Goa which is carried by Mumbai based company SFC are employing engineers only from maharashtra as if there are no engineers available in Goa, thereby increasing unemployment in our own Goa forcing our educated youth to go elsewhere in search of jobs. I pledge our honourable cm to look into this matter n see that maximum jobs are being given to Goans with proper ry. Almost more than 7 projects are in progress in Goa and nearly 50 engineers are working for them all are outsiders.
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      manu
      Jul 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm
      this is preplanned...basically its to show hindus in bad light..if cought ..then play mentally unstable act....
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      1. Zakir Husaien
        Jul 16, 2017 at 12:16 am
        Who is planning sir? Police? Congress? Who?
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        Citizen
        Jul 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm
        Religions that teach blind faith with out any logic or explanations this is what happens specially when the majority are illiterate and unemployed and no FP to correct this we need education and employment along with FP and a law for NO conversion after all it is a personal thing if they believe let them practice it but no inducements. Jaihind
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          pongo
          Jul 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm
          Why don't we all become atheists, and put an end to all these crazy problems? Around 12 of world population are atheist.
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            indian
            Jul 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm
            And they were already beginning to blame this on the majority community's "intolerance"
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