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Goa Church to initiate fact-finding on desecrations

Press Trust of India 

Disturbed over a series of desecrations of religious symbols and structures in the state, the Church has decided to initiate a fact-finding on these incidents.

"National level organisations would be arriving in on July 13 and next day they will be visiting all the places where holy crosses were desecrated," Fr Savio Fernandes, Executive Secretary, Council for Social Justice and Peace, a wing of Church, told PTI today.

Goa Church represents all the churches and chapels in the state.

He said the desecrations were disturbing and the cause behind such incidents should be found out.

"A fact finding team (comprising members of national organisation and will prepare a detailed report after visiting the places and speaking to the people. The report would be then made public," Fernandes said.

Over 50 gravestones were attacked and nine holy crosses were desecrated during this month in South Goa prompting the police to intensify patrolling in the district.

The attacks have been condemned by all the political parties with Congress demanding a CBI inquiry into it.

Fernandes also refused to name the national organisation stating that "the council is still in talks with them."

He said the fact finding team will also meet police officers who are investigating these cases.

Responding to a question on whom he suspects being behind such acts, Fernandes said, "we are not very clear who has done it."

"We don't have any clue but certainly the fact finding committee will be able to get to it.

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First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 18:07 IST