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Parrikar admits desecrations ‘well-planned conspiracy involving many’, but rules out CBI inquiry, tells Michael Lobo to give Goa police a chance


  PANJIM: Reiterating that the acts of desecration of religious structures have been “well planned”, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday ruled out handing over the probe into the incidents to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and expressed full confidence in the State police to crack the cases, reports the Herald. Speaking to Herald after his return from a ...

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Confirmed: Manohar Parrikar to contest by-polls from Panaji, as Atanasio Monserrate decides to stay away


Babush Monserrate not to contest by-polls, wife Jennifer may join BJP Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has decided to take the bull by the horns and contest the tricky Panaji seat to enter state legislative Assembly. Parrikar, who took over as Goa chief minister on 14 March, is still a member of Rajya Sabha. According to rules, he has to become ...

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Organised racket by mastermind behind desecration, say police as one more cross desecrated at Calconda area in Margao, South Goa

The ongoing desecrations in South Goa district continued on Friday with another Catholic cross being vandalised in Margao town, police said. A police spokesperson said the desecration occurred in the early hours of Friday. Margao is 45 kilometres away from Panaji, according to an IANS report. The desecration of the cross occurred in Calconda area in Margao, the spokesperson said. ...

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FIR registered against Goa BJP Vice-President Anil Hoble, wife Sandhya and son Milind for assault and dowry harassment

A complaint was today filed at the Women’s Police Station in Panaji against Goa BJP Vice-President Anil Hoble for having grievously assaulted and injured his daughter-in- law. The parents of the girl have complained that Anil Hoble and his family have been harassing them for quite some time with continuous dowry demands. The Women’s Police Station in Panaji today registered ...

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Lobo is more excited, he has been more hurt, says Vijai Sardesai as he disagrees with Michael Lobo on “Cross Vandalism” CBI probe


Panaji: Town and country planning (TCP) minister and Goa Forward Party (GFP) mentor Vijay Sardesai on Tuesday demanded that cases regarding vandalism of religious structures be transferred to the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of the Goa Police and not to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), reports the Times of India. He indirectly downplayed Michael Lobo’s outrage and tried to give ...

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Alina Saldanha calls for ban on Sadhvi Saraswati, expresses shock over vandalism at cemetery


  After Dy Speaker and Calangute BJP MLA Michael Lobo’s outburst against the desecration of places of worship in Goa, Minister Francis DSouza, and now BJP Minister Alina Saldanha has expressed her shock and dissent at the happenings in Goa. Goa minister Alina Saldanha in a statement issued on Tuesday has expressed shock at vandalism of over 100 graves at ...

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“Goa Police are clueless,” shouts BJP MLA Michael Lobo, even as DGP swears that all possible measures being taken to find people behind desecration


Panaji: Goa Director General of Police (DGP) Muktesh Chandar has said that the Goa police are taking all measures to find the culprits behind the series of desecration of places of worship during the past few days. Speaking during a meeting with Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Shantaram Naik at police headquarters in the city, he said, ”We have ...

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Shantaram Naik is Cong Rajya Sabha candidate, GFP’s Suraj Lotlikar dropped after Vijai Sardesai’s disinterest


Panaji: After day-long deliberations, the central leadership of the Congress party decided to nominate the newly-appointed state president of the party Shantaram Naik for the Rajya Sabha polls. “All India Congress committee president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi approved the name of Shantaram Naik as the Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat,” AICC incharge of Goa desk A ...

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Cross, idol desecrators must be treated like terrorists and shot on sight: Vijai Sardesai

Persons involved in desecration of articles of religious worship in Goa, like crosses and Hindu idols, should be treated like terrorists and shot, Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai said on Monday. Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Sardesai said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government in Goa, headed by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, considered the acts of desecration ...

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Rightist Ponda group behind desecration of crosses, cemeteries, Parrikar must resign as he has failed, demands Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco


Reacting to the vandalization of about 100 crosses and plaques at a Christian cemetery in Curchorem in South Goa, Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco speaking to IndiaScribes.com on phone said that the Parrikar-led government in Goa has failed to maintain law and order in the State of Goa. “Parrikar is the Home Minister and the custodian of law and order ...

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