Panaji, Jul 10 (PTI) Hours after the Congress demanded a CBI inquiry into the series of desecrations of religious places, deputy speaker Michael Lobo said if police cannot crack the case, the matter should be handed over to the CBI.

Lobo said he will soon meet chief minister Manohar Parrikar and raise the issue with him.

“I will be meeting Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar once he is back from the US and demand that if the police are not able to crack the case, then the matter should be handed over to the CBI,” Lobo told reporters today.

“Goa police have failed completely to crack the case.

They are completely clueless. I feel, police are not working in the right direction,” he said.

Continuing the spate of desecrations, unknown miscreants last night attacked a cemetery in South Goa’s Curchorem village vandalising around 50 gravestones.

“I am here to condemn continuous attacks on religious places. People of all religions are living in Goa with peace and harmony,” Lobo said.

“There are some outside elements, like some individuals or groups or organisations that have entered our peace loving state and are trying to disturb the communal harmony,” the BJP MLA said.

“There are strong attempts to divide us,” he said.

Earlier, in the day opposition Congress demanded a CBI probe into the recent incidents of desecration of religious places in Goa.

“I demand CBI inquiry into desecration of religious places. Whether it is a religious structure of Christians, Muslims or Hindus, such attacks cannot be tolerated,” Goa Congress chief Shantaram Naik said after meeting state Director General of Police Muktesh Chandar.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.