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SIT to probe desecration of religious places in Goa

india Updated: May 13, 2010 18:40 IST

Police said on Thursday that the SIT, currently assisting the 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 said.

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.