Udupi: Twist to Fr Mahesh suicide case as significant details emerge


Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi 

Udupi, Oct 16: Exactly 24-hours after the final rites of Fr Mahesh D’Souza, assistant parish priest of Shirva church and principal of Don Bosco School, the details about the possible reason for suicide have started emerging after police speeded up the investigations into high-profile death case. 

Earlier there were rumours and reports that, Fr Mahesh D’Souza was upset about his possible transfer from Don Bosco School to Kanajar. But authorities in Udupi diocese have strictly refuted the charges and clarified that there were no such written or oral orders for Fr Mahesh, and especially in the middle of the academic year, no such practices are followed for transfer. 

The new details Daijiworld gathered from highly reliable sources add a new twist to the episode. A powerful political leader from the same area and from same community is alleged to be the prime suspect in Fr Mahesh D’Souza suicide case, though no death note was found. The primary post-mortem report also revealed that the reason for the death is suicide. However official report from authority is still awaited. 

According to Daijiworld sources, two persons have already recorded their statements with local police station about the incidents that took place just before the Fr Mahesh's suicide act, between 8 and 9 pm on October 11, 2019. 

Around four people visited church premises. One among them is the local political leader. He came with his minor son and two others who together came to threaten Fr Mahesh D’Souza. But they did not find Fr Mahesh there. One of them, allegedly in drunken state, warned the witness there to bring Fr Mahesh immediately and said or else he will be 'eliminated'. 

"I have several cases against me. I also have influence in police station. My bail is ready, I will finish Mahesh. I will ring the church bells and expose him,” were the words reportedly uttered by the political leader who threatened Fr Mahesh in his absence. It is learnt that, Fr Mahesh was in school chamber at that time. But it is not sure if he had already committed suicide by then or he did so later after learning about the threat from these people. 

The CCTV footages of these people, who visited the church premises as explained above, are available and going to be key evidence for the arrest of the persons. 

Since the investigation is on, Daijiworld cannot reveal the names of accused persons or witnesses. At the same time, Daijiworld is trying to find the exact reason behind the 'Threat' or 'Blackmail'. 

Daijiworld has learnt that superintendent of police is personally monitoring the case, and has assured strict action against culprits very soon. 

Speaking to Daijiworld, an Udupi diocese priest, who requested anonymity, said, "Fr Mahesh is not the person who would commit suicide for a small reason of 'Transfer'. He was very strong. We the priests are supposed to obey the orders and follow the rule. But I feel there are some sensitive issues behind the suicide." 

At the same time, Udupi diocese has appealed to people to stop spreading the rumours and stop circulating 'fake' contents. 

"We have full faith in our police force and judiciary. Let us all wait for the truth to emerge." said another priest from Udupi diocese. 

On Tuesday, October 15, over 10,000 people paid final respect to deceased priest as he was widely acclaimed teacher and priest in Udupi diocese. He reportedly had excellent relationship with his seniors and heads of Udupi diocese clergies.

  

Comment on this article

  • Rodney Lewis, Bangalore

    Sat, Oct 19 2019

    God rest his soul. Known him closely and felt he was a fine servant of the community and I must admit he was cut above the rest . Its a real shame to lose him so young. We can have a lot of Ifs and buts candy and nuts; however I hope we all can keep up the pursuit to find the real truth and bring peace to all , especially to the grieving family. We are a peace loving , giving community but that should not be assumed as weakness. Its about time to bring justice and peace.

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  • Roshan, Shirva

    Sat, Oct 19 2019

    This news changed everything. All other possible reasons well covered. Law of land is taking it's own time n just like any other issues this will slowly go under carpet. Coz we have short term menory. No one will come to know the reasons behind. Feeling for his family. Only they lost their son n that pain will never go away.

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  • Sreekumar Nambiar, Manipal

    Sat, Oct 19 2019

    Abetment of suicide .,May be he was threatend for some reason and he committed suicide fearing insult and loss of diginity. Let there be proper enquiry into this incident.

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  • Annu, Ardiya

    Sat, Oct 19 2019

    What point of hanging those who killed him. He was a forgiving priest. As we are Christians we have to forgive. Only the people who involved in his death pray that they confess it. That is the main truth we want to know. We forgive the person only pray confess it. Also pray that the investigation team tell us the right and true report . May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, Mangalore, India

    Fri, Oct 18 2019

    With due respect to the soul of the deceased priest, this might be death under mysterious circumstances.

    For suicide, phobia can be one of the reason. This might be physical, mental or spiritual. Other angle might be character assassination by the vested interest, within or from the close circle, whom he might have trusted.

    The truth will come out, from the investigating department, if the investigating authorities are impartial and the investigating authorities should be given free hand, without any political pressure.

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  • John, Manglore/Kuwait

    Fri, Oct 18 2019

    My heart was paining whenever I look fr. mahesh dad in photograph. Really he was heartbroken!! Shame on those who responsible for his death...

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  • Edward Menezes, Shirva.

    Sat, Oct 19 2019

    Dear John though I don't know you personally even my thoughts were same, may his soul rest in peace.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Fri, Oct 18 2019

    Sad.. May his soul rest in peace...

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  • Joy pallan, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Hang those responsible behind this incident,
    Let there be a fast court immediately n decision of hanging
    to be given as early as possible. No mercy at all .
    Rest in peace fr.

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  • Joseph, Manglore/Kuwait

    Fri, Oct 18 2019

    Joy u r right but money speaks
    Lawyers are there to save the criminals
    They know how to tell lies and make the case poosk
    So this world is for the devil
    Righteous have no place here
    There fore let us pray to God and keep us from the evil one
    Jesus was holy and righteous
    They didn’t allow him
    Do they allow you and me to live peacefully?

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  • Lanslara, Nakre Karkala

    Tue, Oct 29 2019

    Well said Joy. Same thoughts from this end. Hang or shoot them straight away

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  • Oliver Sutari, Kuthyar, Karnataka

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Even the heavens shed tears for Fr. Mahesh on the day of his funeral. The God who created us alone will have the last say. And His compassion and mercy is boundless.

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  • Dsouza, Shirva/ Texas

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    This is really sad news. Our community thrives from good priests and to lose a good shepherd anointed by God is heartbreaking. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • victor M. Fernandes, Coondapur/Bedford Shire, London

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    whatever is the reason, comitting suicide is not the solution, if threat, he should have asked for police protection.

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  • jl, mumbai

    Fri, Oct 18 2019

    mangalore is not London.

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  • John, Usa/ calfornia

    Fri, Oct 18 2019

    Youre dumb please get a brain or visit a psychiatrist please i really recommend you its really a high time

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  • Rakesh Pinto, Shirva

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Our sympathies to Fr. Mahesh's grieving family.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    We have full faith in the Law of the Land ...

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  • medwin, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 18 2019

    Jossey,

    this time I agree with you. otherwise whenever this kind of sad incidents happened people create their own story & comments like anything. without knowing the exact reason we should not tell our own reason for the incident.

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  • Kiran Douza, Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    When a tragedy happens to any human being, that person or family or the publc will curse the wrongdoer & pray to God at first instance before going to any investigative agency to punish the culprits. God certainly knows who has done right & wrong, will suitably punish the wrongdoer if not today but in different ways. So nobody should have a illusion in mind that nothing will happen if they have power, influence etc.... etc...
    God is great, God never fails you if you trust faithfully.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    I totally disagree with most of the comments here that God will punish the culprits. Fr. Mahesh, as a person should get justice. Police should act fast and nab the culprits. If God would punish the culprit, he could have as well prevented Fr. Mahesh from committing suicide!!

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Please have faith that God will show you the answer.

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  • Karen, Shirva/ Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Yes, that’s because God has granted the gift of Free will to human beings

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    I agree with you. Police should waste no time in nabbing the culprits and not involve God for man made actions. God had bestowed man with a gift called wisdom which animals do not possess. While animals act on instinct, man has the liberty to use his wisdom according to his will and pleasure. Therefore, it’s inappropriate to involve or blame God for acts committed by man according to his own way and desire. There’s no logic in saying the wrongdoer acted according to the will of God or that God will see to it and punish him.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    I thought Man can be an angel or demon. if one follows good one becomes an angel, follows evil becomes a demon untill repentance from his heart turn from his evil ways to become an angel again.

    BTW Good, justice... comes from God. Evil, injustice... comes from Satan.

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  • Nithan Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    We had enough of preaching. Lets get to action as per the law of the land.

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  • Ronald Coelho, Vamanjoor Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Our heartfelt condolences to Fr. Mahesh's family and his soul rest in eternal peace.

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  • Ronald Coelho, Vamanjoor Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Our heartfelt condolences to Fr. Mahesh's family and his soul rest in eternal peace.

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    We, Catholics must get involved to a greater upward trend in cooperating in the affairs of the Church ⛪ & trouble makers must be thoroughly investigated if their allegations are true or false? Every Diocese should have able & experienced Priest to head the Deanery. Parishioners having Disputes in their families should first approach the Dean (Head Priest) & he should act as the Arbitrator. If the Disputes can't be resolved, then approach the Government Courts. I don't see any such arrangements either in Mangalore or Udupi Dioceses.

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  • Arun, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Vincent, your suggestion is actually a recipie for disaster. If disputes are dealt privately, most cases will benefit the aggressors

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  • Florine, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    We have lost a precious young life a sheep who was sent to work in the beautiful vineyard and the wolves perished it. May the Almighty grant him his eternal reward and grant strength to his dear and near ones to bear this irreparable loss.

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  • Greta D'souza, Mississauga

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Eternal rest grant to Fr Mahesh O Lord
    Let perpetual light shine upon him
    May he rest in peace. Amen

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  • Ajay Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Hope the truth comes out. May Fr. Mahesh's soul rest in peace. We lost a young, energetic and loving Fr.

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  • Nelson, Udupi

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    We pray for speedy justice through a transparent enquiry without political or religious influence. May God grant eternal peace to Fr.Mahesh..

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  • Fabian, Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Now let the police start their investigation. Let the truth come into light.
    Apart from praying. Also help and corporate with the police to solve this high profile case. RIP Fr. Mahesh. Too early to say good bye.

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Bring the culprits to justice...! We have lost a humble servant of God moreover a loving, caring and wonderful human being..!

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  • Rakesh, Shirva

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Instead of commenting let's pray For his soul and family . God only can judge not we.

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Young Energetic God loving Priest has been coerced to take extreme step of suicide then think of ordinary mortals like us
    Very sad to learn

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  • M.Faraz, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Rest in peace Fr.Mahesh

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore /Abudhabi

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Only God knows the reason and truth behind this. So no need to spread fake news .Even the culprits can escape from the punishment in this world .But in front of God on judgement day cannot escape from it .So lets pray to God

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  • Dr. Lewis, Hyderabad

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    You are extremely right. God sees everything and nobody can run away from him.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT A DEAD PERSON CANNOT SPEAK; FORGET ABOUT IMAGINARY GOD!!

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    What you said is very true... Roshan... I appreciate this thought ful comment...

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    extremely sorry... Please read as Rudolph (Roshan)

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  • JK, Udupi/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    "IMAGINARY GOD!!".....more disagree than agree.........no body wants to take any 'RISK' by passing negative comments whenever the name 'GOD' comes in picture!!!!

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  • Jacintha mendonca, Shirva

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Dear All, let's pray to almighty the truth to be revealed and his parents gets justice

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  • LAN.........,, Belman / Washington, DC.

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    People,

    With the advent of CCTV and Cell phone Call location by law-enforcement ...solving crime has become quite easy...

    Have patience people....you will know real reasons soon....please don't speculate...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Anil, Dubai

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Dear Mr. LAN.........,, Belman / Washington, DC.

    Same way ,,,manipulation also became easily …. !!!

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  • Ganapathi, Belman, Kanjarkatte

    Thu, Oct 17 2019

    Finally you said some sensible words for the first time. Keep this track along the way and have more takk...takk... takk... here you can't give credit to Bjp nor can blame congress right?

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  • Joseph, Manglore/oman

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Psalm 105:15 there we read, "Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm."
    So that means we are no one to talk against them.!!
    Priests and nuns are Gods chosen people
    They left everything for gods glory

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    BOOK OF TRUTH – VOLUME TWO Excerpts

    7th January 2012 – 4th September 2012

    24th February 2012: (21:45 hours) Never reject the Prophets of the Lord. While God allows the sufferings experienced by His Visionaries on Earth to ensure that souls are saved, He will not tolerate the abuse of His Anointed Prophets.

    God, My Father, speaks to the world through His Prophets. It is His Word you reject, when you publicly slander His Prophets – for this is a sin in His Eyes. Never reject the Prophets of the Lord. Never hurt or harm His Prophets in any way. Remain silent at all times if in doubt and pray for them.

    Attack the True Prophet and fire will pour forth upon you from the Heavens in punishment by the Hand of My Father.

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  • Pnto, Mglr

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Rightly said whatever wrongs they do gid will see to it n their punishment will b grave sons of eeli read in Da book of 1 Sam:2. People are interesting in their lives n praying for distructin of one's family. How many examples one need that people played wid priests lives n their families r ruined

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  • Kenny-kenneth Zuzarte, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    We as individuals are no one to comment on a Priest, living or dead, or for that matter, no Living Soul.
    My Mother & Aunt, always taught us that we should NEVER speak against the Religious~NUNS or PRIESTS as they leave their family in the Service of GOD.

    We are not answerable to God for anyone else's SINS...but Our OWN.

    So instead of forwarding Baseless Messages, we should PRAY for the Departed Soul


    Only Our Lord JESUS CHRIST & Fr.Mahesh know the Fact.

    May the Soul of Our Beloved Fr. Mahesh REST IN PEACE in Our Lord's Kingdom ⚘

    May His Family have the Grace to bear this tremendous Loss.🙏

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, India

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    You are right. BUT This case must be investigated by any honest police officer for real truth to come out. Fairytale not digestible..

    DisAgree [6] Agree [147] Reply Report Abuse

  • Anita, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    It's just a matter of time and truth will be revealed.

    DisAgree [9] Agree [124] Reply Report Abuse

  • Jrome, Angalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    May the truth prevail - however bitter it may be...no cover-up of any kind...

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 16 2019

    Priests are vulnerable to propaganda and blackmails because they are revered and honored in society.
    Hope the truth comes out since he is no more with us to defend himself.

    DisAgree [22] Agree [252] Reply Report Abuse


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