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Social activists raise doubts over Fr Bismarque's death, demand probe


While Goans worldwide are shocked over the tragic death of priest-turned-activist Fr Bismarque Dias, social organisations have started demanding a thorough probe into his ‘drowning’, terming it to be ‘suspicious’.

Aam Aadmi Party has urged Goa government “to take every possible step to verify if any foul play was involved in the incident.”

Rajashree Nagarsekar, the AAP convenor, said the Goa Police must explore and pursue every possible circumstance in this sudden and unexplained tragedy.

Goa Bachao Abhiyan convenor Sabina Martins has also demanded a thorough probe into his death from all angles.

“He had received threats to his life and the police must find out whether his death is a manufactured incident”, she said.

Besides participating in several protests, Martins pointed out that Fr Bismarque had filed a complaint before the National Green Tribunal regarding an illegal road being built in St Estevam village through the CRZ area.

Adv Thalmann Pereira, leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has also demanded “a thorough and impartial police investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Fr Bismarque.”


The press release of AAP stated as follows:

Reputed as a warrior for every cause dear to Goans, Fr. Bismarque fought every battle with his full might and with his full heart.

Despite being a priest, he took the lead in cleaning up the dirty politics of Goa by contesting as a people's candidate in the 2012 Assembly elections, and canvassing on a bicycle during his campaign of "Kindness".

More recently, he also used his skills as a musician to lead popular protests against the BJP Government-supported corporate excesses on Goan villages from Terekhol to Carmona, and he was scheduled to lead a protest with his musical cohorts this Sunday in Tuem to support the Goa Government's illegal land grab of Amarnath Naik. 

Fr. Bismarque was a dear friend and strong supporter of the AAP platform of common man's politics, and the party shared his vision of justice to every common Goenkar and protection of our precious Goan land and culture.


A press note released by CPM leader Thalmann Pereira stated as follows:

Fr Bismarque Dias was in the forefront of the battle against the loot of big corporates public resources in Goa.

He was impelled by his Catholic conscience to publicly oppose the dubious land sale by the Church authorities in Vanxim,  a part of his native island chain of Divar, by-passing the local agricultural tenants of the land.

Though himself a Catholic priest by vocation, the Church hierarchy expelled him from its priestly ranks, on account of his pro-poor activism.

Fr. Bismarque had openly defied the Church hierarchy's secret diktat to support the BJP in the March 2012 Goa Assembly elections and had himself contested the election in the Cumbarjua Constituency, as an Independent candidate, where he secured about 10% of the votes polled. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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Since Alina moved from her position, lots of disaster happened in Goa. Land grabbing, intolerances, killings,felling of trees and so on...

Wake up BJP.

John W D'Souza , Margoa - Goa

such a shocking incident to hear of where impossible is made possible where good person like him simply disappear.

vikas , Benaulim