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Bismarque’s family refuses burial till additional inquest is done

31 Oct 2017 07:13am IST
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31 Oct 2017 07:13am IST

Fiery activist Bismarque’s brother writes ‘open letter’ to Adv Rodrigues questioning motive for moving Human Rights Commission for the burial of his body

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PANJIM: The family of social activist, Late Bismarque Dias, has objected to the burial of his body claiming that the investigations are yet to be completed.

Mario Dias, brother of the social activist, in an open letter to Adv Aires Rodrigues, who moved the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) to issue directions for the burial of Bismarque’s body, said that the burial of the murdered Jose Bismarque Desidorio Dias, cannot be forced prior to the Crime Branch completing the criminal investigation and the District Magistrate carrying out an additional inquest that till date is neglected.

Questioning Adv Aires Rodrigue’s ‘locus standi’ in moving Human Rights Commission, the brother of Bismarque stated, “You are not related to the deceased Father Jose Bismarque Desidorio Dias and have no locus standi.” 

Mario further questioned as to why the application under section 176 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973, dated 05/01/2016 to carry out an additional inquest into the death has been neglected by the District Magistrate.

“Are you aware that the Autopsy No. 1118/15 dated 07.11.2015 carried out by Dr Siddartha Banaulikar MBBS (Goa) M.D (F.M & T) GMC Reg. No. 1718 fraudulently concluded that the cause of death to the best of his knowledge and belief, is due to asphyxia as a result of drowning in water instead of asphyxia due to strangulation? And a subsequent complaint against the doctor has not been registered by Agassaim police,” he asked.

Mario further questions Rodrigue’s motives in asking for the burial of Bismarques body, “If you are seriously aggrieved that the burial of the remains of Father Jose Bismarque Desidorio Dias is still not carried out, then should you not be concerned that the remains of Fr Bismarque are absolutely required to complete the additional inquest to effectively conclude the cause of death?,” he asked, adding that the District Magistrate has deliberately neglected to carry out the additional inquest into the death.

Mario further says that the evidence on record contradicts Banaulikar’s conclusion. He further alleges that the murder has received an overwhelming cover-up.

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