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Goa: Over 100 holy crosses and graves in Christian cemetery vandalised

Several gravestones in a Christian cemetery in Curchorem town of South Goa were allegedly vandalised by unidentified persons

india Updated: Jul 10, 2017 22:21 IST
Nida Khan
Nida Khan
Goa,South Goa,Curchorem
Goa has witnessed a spate of attacks on religious symbols since the beginning of this month.(Representative Photo)

Over 100 crosses and plaques at the Guardian Angel Catholic cemetery in south Goa’s Curchorem village, around 45 kilometres from Panaji, were desecrated in the wee hours of Monday.

Inspector general of police Rupinder Kumar said they were looking into the matter and investigating all possibilities in the case. Police also said miscreants damaged the CCTV camera installed at the gate of the cemetery before desecrating the crosses and plaques, leaving no video evidence of the incident.

This is the fourth incident in a month reported from south Goa where religious artefacts or idols have been desecrated.

Reacting to the attacks, chief minister Manohar Parrikar had said specific attempts were being made to create tension in Goa.

“Such acts will not be tolerated. The culprits will be punished once they are caught,” he had said.

Goa police have formed a special team to crack the cases.

It was also announced that the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) and cyber cell will be involved in the investigation

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 11:57 IST