A fresh case of desecration has come to notice in Goa. In this case, around 13 crosses in the cemetery of the Fatima Chapel at Karanzal, Madkai in Ponda taluka are being said to have been vandalised. The culprit behind these are yet to be identified. The police has however set a timeline which suggests that these incidents would have happened between Thursday to Monday.
The chapel authorities informed the police about the happening. On knowing the incident, the police rushed to the scene and found the crosses desecrated. In addition to this, a wall-mounted box used to preserve bone remains was also found destroyed. The metal gate of the graveyard was broken which suggests that the culprit entered the place through it.
The cemetery is used by people residing in the areas of Karanzal, Madkai, Dhakne and Gaunem. Attorney of the chapel, Erasmo Aguiar, said that they had visited the graveyard as required by a circular issued by the state government to review security arrangements of the graveyards after the recent incidents of desecration in South Goa.
“Everything was intact during the inspection carried out on July 20. The gate was closed since then,” police said quoting Silveira. Police suspects involvement of multiple people in the case.
The incident came to knowledge of the authorities when Deodito Silveira from Dhakne, Madkai, visited the cemetery on Tuesday morning to prepare for some religious rites at his wife’s grave. Silveira found the crosses were detached from the graves and were lying scattered around the cemetery.
The SIT (Special Investigation Team) that was formed to solve the case of desecration in South Goa was surprised to hear about the case as they thought that after the arrest of Francis Pereira of Quepem such cases had ended. The police also took Pereira to the site on Tuesday night.
Since the chapel did not have records of how many graves had crosses, hence a proper estimate of numbers of how many crosses were desecrated could not be done.