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Goa’s serial desecrator Francis Pereira was brainwashed by Israeli prisoners in Central Jail, Goa, claims CM Parrikar


Panaji, July 19 (IANS) Fifty-year-old Francis Pereira, who is being probed for desecrating scores of religious icons, was brainwashed when he was lodged in Goa’s Central Jail by Israeli inmates, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday. The Chief Minister told the Goa Assembly that Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Veerappan were Pereira’s idols. “After contesting elections and losing ...

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People like Sadhvi Saraswati who advocate hatred must be arrested and banned from entering Goa: Michael Lobo


Panaji, July 18 (IANS) Religious leaders like Sadhvi Saraswati, who deliver hate speeches in Goa, should be arrested and banned from visiting Goa, Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo told the state assembly on Tuesday. “Sadhvi Saraswati had said that beef-eaters should be hanged. Why do they come to Goa and make such statements? Police should act against her, ...

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Local job says Maha ATS: Goa dentists get extortion threats signed by dead ISIS founder ‘Abu Zarqawi’


While medical tourism is picking up in the coastal state of Goa, it has its side-effects. As medical professionals get into the limelight, extortionists seem to have trained their guns on them. Dentists, particularly female dentists in Goa’s Calangute-Baga region are spooked after at least five of them received hand-written extortion letters demanding a ransom of Rs 2 crore as ...

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With over 20 FDs and Rs 22 lakh in his bank accounts, Francis Pereira has surely been helped by the souls he set free


According to a Goa365.tv report, the Goa police are surprised to find fixed deposits of over Rs 22 lakh in Francis Pereira’s bank accounts. They are probing into where this money came from. In addition Francis had over 20 different fixed deposits in his accounts. 55-year old Francis Pereira was trapped and arrested on Saturday early morning and has been ...

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Casino MV Lucky 7 fuel tank being emptied to lighten vessel: CoP

PANAJI: With the casino vessel M V Lucky Seven drifting towards the Miramar beach and getting grounded there after hitting a sandbar at the mouth of River Mandovi, Captain of Ports (CoP) James Braganza Monday said that around 12,000 litres of fuel is now being emptied from the vessel so as to lighten it. Braganza said that once the vessel ...

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Govt admits MV Lucky 7 could create a major mess in the sea as well as on Miramar beach if not moved immediately

Speaking to media persons on Monday evening about the grounding of the MV Lucky Seven offshore casino vessel at Miramar, Curchorem MLA and BJP spokesperson Nilesh Cabral admitted that the vessel could create a mess in the sea as well as on the beach if not moved immediately, and therefore, the government is trying to drag it away as soon ...

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BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral moves privilege motion against Goa RTI activist Kashinath Shetye after legislator’s starred question leaked on FB


Panaji, July 17 (IANS) A BJP MLA in Goa has filed a privilege motion against RTI activist Kashinath Shetye, a government servant, after the legislator’s starred question, which is yet to be replied to, was put by Shetye on Facebook last week. On the other hand, Shetye told IANS that he had filed petitions in the past in his capacity ...

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With Cabinet Ministers interrogating accused, making statements, probe into desecrations compromised


Panaji: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has questioned the legality of the ministers interrogating the accused Francis Pereira regarding the desecration of religious symbols in the state. Questioning the legal provisions which allowed chief minister Manohar Parrikar, town and country planning minister Vijai Sardesai and Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral to question Pereira, AAP’s state convener Elvis Gomes said that the ...

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Parrikar does yet another U-turn, after asserting that desecrations were a well-planned act, one day later claims they are a ‘solo act’ and one-man-show

The desecration of religious symbols which took place over the last fortnight in Goa appear to be “a solo act”, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today following the arrest of a man in the case. He said even after the arrest, police would continue vigil in places of worship. “As of now it (series of desecration) appears to be a ...

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Goa DGP claims cases of desecration of religious places solved as 50-year-old man arrested

The South Goa police on Saturday arrested Francisco Pereira (50) from Curchorem for his alleged involvement in vandalising of crosses. South Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas told The Hindu on Saturday that Pereira is a habitual offender of desecrations of religious symbols and has allegedly admitted to 150 cases so far. He has been doing it for 14 years, since 2003. Meanwhile, ...

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