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Priests demand police official’s dismissal

June 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Goa, India, Persecution

Goa Police

Goa Police

Two Goan priests demanded the dismissal of a police inspector for helping a hotel promoter cover up the alleged murder of a parishioner near Panaji on June 22. Fr. Kevin Rodrigues, a chaplain at Arossim church, and Fr. Eremito Rebello met Director General of Police (DGP) Aditya Arya and sought the dismissal of police Inspector Jivba Dalvi. According to them, Dalvi had tried to cover up the murder of Melvyn Gomes, a resident of Arossim village, 40 km from Panaji in south Goa. Gomes was found dead in the septic tank of a holiday resort near the village. “The DGP told us that he had transferred Dalvi and that he will not be in charge of the investigation any more. But we want him dismissed. He has tried to cover up a homicide by dismissing it as a drowning death,” Rodrigues told reporters.

He claimed that Gomes was privy to critical information about an upcoming real estate project, because of which he was killed. Rebello, rector of the Blessed Vaz shrine, said that the entire village of Arossim was up in arms over the behaviour of the police officer in relation to the case. “The police even ignored the injuries on the body which were visible. They are intent in covering up the case. The Goa Police will have to face an agitation if the culprits are not brought to book,” he said. Rebello met the DGP along with ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Mickky Pacheco.

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