10th Nov 15: The Ponda-based social forum Goa Citizens Action Forum or GCAF has demanded that an autopsy or post-mortem on the mortal remains of social activist and former priest Bismarque Dias should be done outside Goa.
Spokesperson for the GCAF Adv Rajneesh Shirodkar has questioned the contradictory opinions of the two post mortem reports and said the GCAF suspects foul play and even the possibility of murder. A third autopsy should be conducted either at FSL Hyderabad or Bangalore, Shirodkar said.
According to a Times of India report, a three-member team which conducted the second post mortem on Sunday, has also suggested a thorough investigation into the sudden demise of Dias.
While reserving its opinion as to the cause of death pending chemical analysis of viscera and other body parts, the second team recommended that investigating agency should investigate the manner of death . The forensic team mentioned, in its report, that there appears to be no external injuries to Dias body, but, a source said that decomposition of his body may have destroyed any sign of external injuries. Only when there is an element of suspicion as to the cause of death, the doctor/doctors conducting the postmortem make such a comment in the report. The fact that the second team reserved its opinion even as the first postmortem, carried out on Saturday, had given the cause of death as drowning, is self-explanatory, said a source as quoted by the TOI report. Shirodkar said this was evidence enough to prove that the medical experts were divided on the actual cause of death.
The chemical analysis of viscera and other body parts report can take months. Till now there has been no official statement on the drug-related deaths of some persons during EDM festivals last December. The official viscera reports are yet to be made public, Shirodkar said.
It means the second team has not ruled out a possibility that Dias was harmed, said Shirodkar. Dias family members refused to accept the body as they strongly believe the vocal social activist has been murdered. Old Goa PI Krishna Sinari told TOI that an investigation is under way but did not reveal details. Dias family members and friends want a chemical analysis of the viscera and other body parts carried out immediately, but, an official said police are likely to send it to a forensic laboratory in Hyderabad on Wednesday, as Diwali is on Tuesday, said TOI.
Adv Rajneesh Shirodkar, a native of Ponda and the face behind the Goa Citizens Action Forum or GCAF, said they will move the Bombay High Court at Goa at a later date, if the police do not carry out a proper investigation.
Two village boys – Ganesh Koli (17) and Darren Vaz (18) boys told the police that they never thought of Dias getting drowned since he was a good swimmer, even though he had consumed a lot of beer. The possibility of his drinks being spiked cannot be ruled out and Dias may have passed out and drowned if the beer was spiked, Shirodkar said.
Besides the GCAF, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has urged the Goa government “to take every possible step to verify if any foul play was involved in the incident.”
AAP leader Rajashree Nagarsekar said the Goa police must explore and pursue every possible circumstance in this sudden and unexplained tragedy.
“He had received threats to his life and the police must find out whether his death is a manufactured drowning,” Goa Bachao Abhiyan convenor Sabina Martins said.
CPI(M) leader Thalmann Pereira also demanded a thorough probe into death of Dias.
Dias had unsuccessfully contested from Cumbharjua constituency in the March 2012 Goa Assembly elections, even after having been threatened with dire consequences if he did so.
He also participated in the musical protest against the proposed golf project at Tiracol, the protests by the fishing community in Vasco and against the Raheja project at Carmona.