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Accused held for desecrations is 'AAP supporter', says BJP MLA

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Nilesh Cabral today claimed that the 50-year-old man arrested for allegedly desecrating the religious places was a supporter of the (AAP), which was rejected by the Kejriwal-led party.

The police has arrested Francis Pereira, in connection with the alleged desecration of holy crosses in South district.

The accused had told the police that he "casually" vandalised 12 crosses over the last fortnight with no intention to create an enmity, a senior police officer had said.

"Francis Pereira is a supporter. During the recently held Assembly he was actively canvassing for the AAP," claimed Cabral.

"It is for the police to investigate. Find out whether there are other people involved. Whether it is or anybody else it is for the police to decide. I just expressed that he was supporter and he was very much involved in the last with his vehicle canvassing for AAP," the told reporters.

Refuting the claim, said, "Francis Pereira, is neither an volunteer nor was he associated in anyway with our Curchorem team in any party activity,".

"Cabral's claim that the culprit is an 'active supporter of 'is absurd and perhaps stems from his anger at AAP's recent agitation against the pathetic condition of roads built in Curchorem less than a year ago," the Kejriwal-led party said in a statement.

"The matter is under investigation. sincerely hopes that the police will get to the bottom of the deplorable episode and accordingly launch a full-fledged prosecution backed by a thorough investigation and evidence," added the statement.

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First Published: Sun, July 16 2017. 00:22 IST