Goa CM’s office to monitor police probe into ex-priest’s death

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Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Thursday that his office would monitor the police investigation into the mysterious death of activist and former priest Bismarque Dias.

Parsekar told reporters a day after he met a delegation of family and friends of Dias at the state secretariat, “It (investigation) is being monitored by my office. I assure of fullest cooperation and assistance from my government in this matter.”

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The chief minister also promised to expedite the forensic analysis of Dias’ viscera, which police said would help in ascertaining whether the death was natural or not.

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The body of Dias – who led a string of agitations against controversial real estate projects across Goa – was found on November 7 along the Mandovi river, leading to protests across the state by civil society outfits and the Opposition.

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Dias’ kin and opposition parties demanded a more focused investigation into the death, while ruling Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Vishnu Wagh demanded a probe by a special investigation team.

Dias had protested against land intensive projects ranging from a new greenfield airport, a golf course to an electronic city conceived by the state government in Tuem, 45 km from Panaji.

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