Cross desecrated in Goa

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Panaji, May 23 (IANS) A cross was found desecrated in a South Goa district village, 40 km south of the state capital, following which police registered a case against unidentified persons on Wednesday.

Superintendent of Police (South Goa) Arvind Gawas told the media that the case was registered under Section 295 (defiling place of worship) of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of a complaint filed by residents of Raia village.

Passersby saw the cross near St Cajetan chapel broken and lying on the ground, after which police was called.

Goa Police had claimed to have cracked cases of desecration with the arrest in July 2017 of taxi driver Francis Pereira, who was accused of defiling over 60 crosses and two Hindu idols across Goa. Pereira is currently out on bail.

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