Goa Forward Party plans to rebuild desecrated structures after reports of fresh attacks

Panaji: The Goa Forward Party (GFP), which is part of the Manohar Parrikar led alliance in the coastal state, has volunteered to rebuild all the holy crosses and religious places which were desecrated by miscreants in the recent past.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

"Each holy cross or religious place which is desecrated will be rebuilt by the Goa Forward Party after seeking permission from the concerned authorities," party president Vijai Sardesai said on Thursday.

Sardesai said GFP team would inspect all the sites where such incidents have happened and begin work on rebuilding them with proper permission from the authorities.

At least 11 holy crosses and a temple were desecrated in the month of July forcing the police to form special investigation team in each police station and step up patrolling along such places.

"Everyone has to join the movement which aims to oppose attempts to create communal tensions by executing such kind of acts. The like-minded people should come together," Sardesai, who is also agriculture minister, said.

The minister said the party will start the work of rebuilding the affected religious places as soon as possible.

Referring to the series of desecrations, Sardesai said Goa is facing "new challenges" in the form of such acts.

"We had reviewed the situation in South District two days back but on Wednesday night again, the desecrations were reported. Perhaps some anti-social elements are trying to prove a point," Sardesai said.

Two holy crosses were desecrated during the wee hours today at Loutolim village taking the total number of such cases to 11 during the ongoing month of July.

Updated Date: Jul 13, 2017 18:57 PM

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