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 some leads and we are hopeful that we would be able to crack the cases soon.”
However, according to the Herald, the response to the attacks on places of worship, has been built more on the hope that these stray incidents will die down rather than on hard investigations and identifying the perpetrators.
The frustration at the failure to make even one arrest out of a series of mindless vandalism, has irked even senior ruling party BJP MLA and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo. He has used extremely strong words like the “Goa police are completely clueless”.
Lobo’s tone of voice and belligerence was stronger than even the opposition as he said that the police was not working in the right direction and that he would ask for a CBI inquiry, after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar came back from his trip to the USA, says the Herald report.
Intensive night patrolling was there and senior officers are monitoring the situation, the DGP told Congress leaders.
Despite police increasing night patrol and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Cyber cell of Goa Police joining investigation into these incidents, several graves were damaged at a cemetery in Curchorem in South Goa last night.
Earlier, incidents of desecration of three crosses — one each at Chandor, Gudi and Paroda villages, were reported on the night of July 1.
On July 4 two crosses — one at Power House locality and another at Calconda in Margao — were found desecrated, while the statue of ‘Nandi’ at a temple in the same city was desecrated by unidentified persons.