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


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.”

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.

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.

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.