The activists and villagers, who attended the solidarity meet at St Estevam, sought CBI or CID probe into the death of Fr Bismarque Dias, to bring out the truth before the people.
It may be recalled that the body of Dias was recovered on Saturday from a river in St Estevam; he had gone missing on Thursday night.
The activists stated that Goans should know under what circumstances he died, and the cause of his death will come out only after investigation, “but it is the duty of the government to send a team of officials to Hyderabad by flight and get chemical analysis of viscera done immediately.”
They said that “the government, while acting in the Tejpal case and Luis Berger case, had sent police officials by flight so that results are obtained immediately and the culprit are brought to book,” adding, “Goa is turning into a jungle raj where murders, rapes and suicides are taking place, and it is a matter of great concern.”
“The Goa government should do the introspection. Goa needs to do cleansed. We need good governance and not rogue officers and they should be weeded out. An officer was made in-charge of burglary cell when he himself was a big burglar,” they said.
The activists and villagers vowed to carry forward Bismarque’s movement to save trees, fields, hills and land, and prevent Goa from becoming a concrete jungle
“The activist was vociferous over the destruction villages with the mega projects, golf course, and ‘illegal’ land grab by the government. He was inspiring force, and inspired many youth in the state. He loved to help those in need.”
They said, “We need to awaken the Goan youth in carrying forward Bismarque’s movement” adding he was sent by the Almighty as a savior of Goa.
They said, “Although he is no more amongst us, but will always reside in the hearts of Goans.”
They prayed for his rebirth in the state to carry forward his vision and work of protecting the environment in the state.
“In the death of Fr Bismarque, St Estevam has lost a great son, and Goa needs a brave soldier and great warrior,” they said adding he was honest to the core, who could empty his wallet for those in need.
“He paid with his life because bureaucrats and government failed to do their duty,” they said adding if they had to do their duty he would have been with us.
Those gathered stated that the delay in acting upon a complaint lodged by the social activist led to his untimely and shocking death, adding, a complaint was lodged at the Old Goa police station on November 4 and death came on November 6.
“He was always telling his friends that he would not die a natural death. He had visualised that someone would kill him. He had told some activist friends, that he was threatened against staging a protest at Khalchawada in Virnoda, Pernem. He had extended support to Amarnath Naik in his fight against the state government.”
Two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect by the gathering for the departed soul.
They said, “Activists need support not after death but when they are alive and active in their movement. He used to hate politicians and builders.”
They said they have lot of leads needed by the police to investigate the cause of death, and constituted a team to monitor the investigation and thanked the additional collector Swapnil Naik for helping them.
They concluded stating that they would personally take the viscera to Forensic Laboratory, Hyderabad, wait there and return back only after getting the chemical analysis report.
Sabina Martins, Fr Eremito Rebello, Swati Kerkar, Prakash Bandodkar, Aires Rodrigues, Ramesh Gawas, Siddharth Karapurkar, Madhu Gaonkar, Judith Almeida, Prajal Sakhardande, and others addressed the gathering.
Meanwhile, in a press released here, the Catholic Association of Goa (CAG) has said that it is is deeply disturbed at the untimely tragic demise of Fr Bismarque Dias.
The CAG expects that the concerned authorities will leave no stone unturned to get to the root of his death.