Fr Mahesh D'Souza suicide case: Is Shirva parish a divided house now?


Special Correspondent 

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi 

Udupi, Nov 6: The suicide case of Fr Mahesh D’Souza, principal of Don Bosco School and assistant parish priest of Shirva Church, is taking new developments on everyday basis since some days. 

On November 2, which is observed as All Souls Day, the events turned ugly as a sizable number of people gheroed the parish priest after the cemetery visit, and asked the status of enquiry of deceased priest's suicide case. 

Fr Mahesh D’Souza, according to police preliminary report, committed suicide on the night of October 11, 2019 at his office chamber at Don Bosco School. The parish priest reportedly answered the queries of people, the video of which went viral on social media subsequently. But by looking at the crowd coming down to him, he had to report to the police for his personal safety as well as to avoid any untoward incidents. 

Soon after, Shirva Church premises turned into a tensed place, but the police force arrived on time. The crowd gathered at the venue demanded bishop's visit, and also questioned the presence of police force at church premises. One person asked "In last more than 100 years never the police entered the church like this,” But the police had to remind him, what could the priest do, if the mob attacked him? 

The next day, event went uglier when the bishop visited Shirva Church as promised. But crowd refused to listen to his address. The young and dynamic superintendent of police (SP) Nisha James was the highlight of the day as she was bold enough to narrate the progress of enquiry. She also entertained the questions from people. Hardly any police officer of her rank comes open and takes people's questions in public. She repeated the same issue that the family of Fr Mahesh requested with police and the diocese not to pursue the suicide case further. 

In a dramatic move, Fr Mahesh D’Souza’s family issued a press statement on late night of Sunday, November 3, claiming that they never asked anyone not to pursue the case. This statement indeed put the diocese and police in embarrassment situation. But sources close to Daijiworld have informed that Fr Mahesh's family had given in writing to diocese and police that, the family would not pursue the case. It is learnt that official reactions will come soon from both diocese and police once postmortem and other lab reports are out. It is also reported that, the real reason for suicide will come out from police soon, once the investigation process is complete. 

Meantime, the parishioners of Shirva say that the parish is now a divided house. Daijiworld spoke to several people in Shirva. Their opinions say that Shirva is indeed a divided house now. 

"The kind of protest that took place on Saturday and Sunday is welcome. But the fact is majority of protestors do not belong to Shirva parish. They are from other parishes in the Udupi diocese. Parishioners of Shirva, like any other parishes, are peace loving people, and in no way want to spoil the name of parish.” opined a parishioner. 

Another parishioner said "This is nothing but politics. A political leader from neighbouring parish of Shirva wants to settle scores with another political leader from the community of same party by highlighting this issue. The common parishioners are suffering because of their rivalry." 

A young lady who is active in youth organisation of diocese told Daijiworld that "One political leader says that he can write it his blood that, Fr Mahesh D’Souza could not commit suicide. How can he mislead the investigations in public? He is same person who pushed the police and entered the bishop's meeting venue forcefully. He should be extremely lucky as police did not file case against him for obstructing duty. How can the people respect a man if he does not know how to respect the law?" 

"We want peace back in Shirva. At the moment we are like orphans as no priest is ready to come to Shirva looking at the seriousness of the case and protest. Just because 10% of the people want to destroy the peace and divide the parish, we all are suffering." says a lady, who wants justice for Fr Mahesh suicide. but not in this way. 

"We need the justice. We need the reason for Fr Mahesh’s death. Bishop was late in giving the statement to people. If he had done that initially, this situation would not have arisen. But still we respect him. He might be having his own reasons," another parishioner told Daijiworld. 

"What is the message we are giving to other communities? Our children were seen abusing our bishop. He is our spiritual leader. His car tyres were punctured and he was humiliated. Video abusing him was made viral. Are we true Christians?" a lady broke down while she gave this statement to Daijiworld. 

A protest was held again on Tuesday also in which around 500 people took part. As per sources all of them are from outside Shirva and only handful of them belonged to Shirva parish. "If really it was a Shirva parishioners’ protest, why Shirva parishioners did not gather? Is Shirva a divided house for few people's selfish motives? Cannot we trust our police while they are doing such an excellent job? Why they are circulating photos of Fr Mahesh's hanging and getting publicity from it and misleading people? Are we living in a cultured world? Where are we heading? Don't we have faith in police, court and the system?" an angry man belonging to Shirva parish questioned after chaos in the church premises. 

Daijiworld has learnt that, police force specially the investigation office, CI Mahesh Prasad, SI Khader, ACP and SP have done a tremendous job in maintaining the law and order situation during the protest. 

"November 2 and 3 are black days in the history of Shirva parish. I do not know whether such a beautiful parish will remain the same like before." tells a devotee to Daijiworld. 

Daijiworld has learnt that entire community wants a fast track enquiry into the Fr Mahesh's suicide case and if anyone is guilty, they should be punished and the truth must come out at the soonest. 

A source from Shirva told Daijiworld that there could be other reasons behind the protests at church premises other than Fr Mahesh’s death. "Settling scores with the parish priest by 'contractor lobby' and 'tenants' issues under church property, and also involvement of another political leader from Moodubelle for gaining political mileage could also be the hidden issues in the protests agenda. However, all these issues could soon to be exposed one by one with proof.” the source said. 

A church authority is also seeking legal opinion for maligning names of priest and bishop by some people speaking to the press on the protest day with statements of hatred and unfounded allegations, followed by making the video and audio clips viral on social media.

 

 

  

Comment on this article

  • Andrew L D Cunha, Bejai

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    Peaceful protest inside the legal framework is required to get the truth out. But it is extremely disgraceful and painful to hear bad words and abuses by few people, including youth and children towards religious heads. Maintaining dignity is very important and I hope people stop circulating rumours, imaginations and abuses.

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  • Basil, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    As per SP those who spread rumours on social media and phone will be caught and charged for defamation. Have enough evidence before accusing in public.

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  • YOGI THUNTA, MANGALURU - NEAR PUMPWELL CIRCLE

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    Those who duff and dump who wont listen to the word PEACEFUL and MERCY ! One who believe that A PERSON WHO DEDICATE HIS WHO LIFE FOR THE SERVICE OF THE PEOPLE AND DECIDED TO SUICIDE IN MIDDLE OF THE WAY WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE !

    THE CHURCH IS GIVING WRONG SIGNALS TO THE PEOPLE IF THEY WILL NOT SORT OUT THIS ISSUE WITH HONESTY !

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  • Willium DSouza, Shirva / Dubai

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    Culprits should be punished

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  • Simon Miranda, Gurpura/ Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Personally, it is welcome that people do not remain dormant and keep silent on all issues.
    However, as followers of Christ, we need to maintain certain degree of decency. The whole scenario looked like, people shouting crucify him, crucify him, if you know what I mean. Humiliating Parish priest and Bishop was uncalled for and was very wrong. Faithful people need to wake up and not let be manipulated by politicians.

    As long as we do not know facts leading to this tragic event, our confidence will keep pricking us, hence the protests. Church authorities faltered in handling the whole issue, too late and too slow in addressing people's anguish. They should have also strongly told protesters, that Bishop would not address them in such unruly scenario.

    Suicide was considered a mortal sin, and few years ago they were not buried in cemetery. But here, because it was a famous priest, his funeral was conducted and streamed live as though like a martyrs death. He indeed deserves our respect but person could have been honored in a civil gathering organised specially for his honor. I am sad for his death, but also sad for the way Church conducted itself.

    I pray that investigations be conducted efficiently, report be shared first with the family and Church, and if family has no objections report be made public. I also pray, the faithful of Shirva be responsible,and decent in thier follow-up actions

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  • Basil, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    Your words are meaningful, since it is sucide case ,priest are not suppose to come out with judgemment , police has to investigate the matter thourogly if you complaint or not. SP herself with great respect explained to people. It's grieving for all but I can see people are attacking soft target out of frustration . Whatever the situation, you cannot abuse Bishop and parish priest. Wait for the outcome of police investigation patiently. Don't expect to hear that you want to hear. Wait to hear the Truth.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    "Through some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” — Pope St. Paul VI in 1972

    This was said as long ago as 1972! Why would a Pope make such a bold & radical day as long ago in 1972??

    My intention by posting the above statement made by Pope St. Paul VI is for the laity to wake-up and open their closed minds and think rationally!

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  • Peter lewis, Kalmady/Udupi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    I am deeply hurt by the Bad Words used to our beloved Bishop and Residence Priest of Shirva Parish. Hope God enlighten their minds and Confess their mistake and ask forgiveness from Bishop and Priest. I pray to God normalsy restores Shirva Parish.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Hurling abuses & bad words on anybody should be condemned, but the fight for the truth is well justified as our religious heads are fully accountable to the laity without whose support they will land up in a situation as has happened in the US and other advanced countries!!!

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Looks like you don't really care for what happened with Fr. Mahesh. What a shame.

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  • Kurt Waschnig, Oldenburg Germany

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    It is a tragedy for the parents, relatives, friends and it will take time to overcome it. I hope normality, harmony and peace will come back to the parish and the people.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Why the laity, everytime, have to be mute spectators when anything suspicious goes on; there should be total transparency in everything as they are fully accountable to the laity who have placed their trust in them and follow them, and look up to them as spiritual leaders!!

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  • JNB, Bejai,Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    First and foremost need to investigate why the CCTV cameras disabled on that particular day, who did that and by whose order it has been done that?
    Everything can be zeroed within same triangle.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    It's a pity that a common man should point it when it should have been done immediately after the incident!!

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    It is very sad that few people are taking personal gain from this tragic loss while everyone is in deep shock. Where is our community leaders and senior citizens , they should guide our young people not to join with crazy people and how to express their feelings in good way.
    We are believers and Shirva have a good history in catholic faith also respect from other communities, because they believe in Saude Mai and her holy presence. From my childhood I have seen, no one from other community dare to go against the catholic priest in Shirva. As everyone knows what happened to the person who did wrong to Mons. Hilari Gonsalves.
    Dear parishioners please don’t let anyone to take advantage of your emotions, be united in prayers to get justice to Fr Mahesh and strength to his family in this difficult time. Also be united to move forward and lead our church and school community to achieve better future.
    God bless us all.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Your views lack rational thinking, which is the need of the hour rather than blind emotional talks!

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  • Sofia kenety, kulshekar/ UAE

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Not even a single soul from protesting group have 56 inch chest to file a FIR with police station.
    Everyone wants to shout n blame church
    If they are sure about doubts n they really need justice then why are they not filing case???
    All eyelash

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  • Jacobnelson, Belman,Karkala

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Then why there is Parish Council and its members?
    Only to ring the bell and date to tie the bell!!

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  • Ronald, Udupi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    it is not important how many inches you got,
    It is important how you address the situation.

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  • Rohan, Udupi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Fr.Mahesh was a devoted priest at the same time he was also a citizen of India.
    Therefore law of the land is applicable.It is same for all.
    First of all FIR was not registered though it was a unnatural death.People lost the patience and situation went out of control.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    This is for the information of 'NFS Rodrigues, Mangalore/ Bangalore' who disagreed with a very valid point made by 'Gration DSouza, Modankap/ Abu Dhabi '.

    It is totally incorrect to say that "who holds responsibility of the house / premise has to first register a written complaint".

    The Indian law says: ANYONE can file an FIR - INCLUDING the police themselves. (See https://www.humanrightsinitiative.org/publications/police/fir.pdf)

    This was mentioned by the SP, as mentioned by Gration.

    If it is a case of suicide, it is absolutely normal to file an FIR after the post-mortem reports (which can take more than 2 months to arrive from various Government labs) arrive - IF those reports suggest that the death was not a suicide.

    Again, the police will see the reports before anyone else. So police themselves file the necessary reports.

    People have to understand that, in this case, the highest police officer of the district - SP - is personally overseeing the case.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Postmortem report should be ready as soon as it's over; only the chemical analysis report which is sent to the lab will take time!

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  • Preethi Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Madam SI Nisha James has openly said anybody can give complaint if they have proof.... but still nobody has the guts in Shirva parish to lodge a complaint against person x, y or z...but they are bold enough to blindly accuse fr. Dsa or bishop of financial misgivings without any proof and spread rumours on whatsapp...all hearsay and paper tigers.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    There is no need of proof, but anybody can file FIR citing suspicion!

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  • Ivan, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Few questions arise from the investigative
    1) why were the cameras switched off? Was it because of technical reasons or purely being switched off at night as a routine or switched off only on that particular day
    2) There seems to be a n assualt mark on his chin. Was it due to the hanging?

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  • Gration DSouza, Modankap/ Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    WOW! another expert

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Sir about assault mark it could be also post mortem incision on chin with stitches afterwards. Police would know if it is assault mark or no...
    About CCTV switching off that has to be investigated by police

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  • Ivan, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Yes could be due to post mortem or many other reasons, they (investigatives) know better.. I m not slandering or maligning the investigative agencies here, they are doing a great job.
    But stating that CCTV cameras were switched off goes against the purpose of having CCTV Cameras in the first place. Yes, it needs to be investigated.

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  • Mike, dubai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    it is not so easy to commit suicide , young talented Priest we lost, it is not the matter of particular church . it is not the question of outsider are involved , lets take an example when it comes to the matter of donation for charity, funds for donation to build church etc at that time , outside, insider or foreigner is not counted at that time every one is accepted because it is money , why people came to road is that they are not satisfied with the process and delay in investigation,
    Statement of family members of the Father Mahesh is different from Bishop and the SP , now what trust you are talking about with investigation team and Bishop,
    With lies cheating corruption let there be no mass or service at all - Lets practice and preach and advise to People

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  • Gration DSouza, Modankap/ Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Statement also there are two seperate audio. coz the one that is circulating is recorded after a talk already with them. Probably the protesters are misguiding parents to believe that there is something fishy. So they are saying our side they cant fight from diocese end you see what best you can do and provide judgement. Also the above article says they have given in writing that they are ok to close the inquiry but still diocese process is ongoing in enquiry.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    How can anybody direct the police that they do not want investigations???

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  • Roshan D Lima, Kuthetoor /dubai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    No body has stopped investigations. Who said not to do investigation s. Though the case was closed , Investigations are on

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Support and get justice for Fr. Mahesh but do not unnecessarily slander priests and bishop without proof. If anybody has any proof of something sinister they must go to police with that proof not unnecessarily slander and bad mouth priests and bishop about missing funds etc. and send it on WhatsApp to every Tom, Dick and Harry....If anybody in Shirva parish has any proof go to the cops with your proof. Let the law take its course.

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  • Gration DSouza, Modankap/ Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Exactly. Why are these people who are shure and having proof against money misuse or anyother updates still not filing a case, if they still concerned with justice?

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  • Basil, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    We must have trust on our Head of Police (SP),investigating Authorities, Head of church and Head of Diocese , do not give judgement on social media, quoting it's murder, it's suicide, abetting to suicide etc. If you don't have trust on above authorities then whom do you trust layman, gossiper, bloggers??
    Let's be very fair in what we write and speak, your comments recorded cannot be recalled
    Our Bishop Rev.Fr. Jerry is known for being calm, patience , and dedicated also popular among all religious communities, respected by all. Fr. Denis D'sa has served community for years in institute like Fr. Mullers, Sandhesha, and various churches including your neighbor kuntal Nagar and command great deal of respect. Young priest Fr. Ashwin who was present must have given appropriate testimony to authorities. Are you really qualified to point figure at these dignitaries? Appreciate their patience in taking all these blames just to protect the dignity of deceased priest Fr. Mahesh upon written request of his parents. I am very sure Truth will be bitter and you will repent your action. It looks like many in Shirva church need puppets not a strong administrator so they can take undue advantage.

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  • Nithan Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Sir,

    we hope you are qualified to explain to us why church authorities have not registered a written complaint at the police station..? All other past laurels and greatness you are showcasing or people can be kept aside. Thank you

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  • Basil, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Thanks for asking this! We must have full trust on our Bishop, he is the authority to decide about complaint. How do priest knows the protocol upon this incident, its not a usual matter. They have lost fellow priest, grieving is more for the diocese church leader than anybody else. As we all know, we are already short of priest, so do not blame and degrade honest priests who is serving community.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Today, why people who speak the truth rationally are being isolated or killed; so many of them, across communities??? Simply because they don't have the stuff to confront the rationalists mouth to mouth giving proofs to counter the rationalists claims; no other option but to eliminate them!!!

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  • Gration DSouza, Modankap/ Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    @ Nithan Rodrigues

    For a moment let us agree Bishop and Fr. Dsa made a mistake not registering a complaint still. About 4,500 odd so called fans or wellwishers of Fr. Mahesh protested for #justicetofrmahesh, knowing the fact that FIR is not registered and they need justice. To those who dint understand the protocol or the judiciary procedures , respected SP Nisha James beautifully explained clearly in local language ( tough she is from neighbouring state and her choice of words were par my command over Kannada and several others). WHY STILL A SINGLE PERSON (1/4500) OUT OF 4500 INCLUDING YOU HAS REGISTERED A CASE ON SUSPICION TO DEATH??????????????

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  • NFS Rodrigues, Mangalore/ Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Sir,

    As per law I hope your are aware that the person who holds responsibility of the house / premise has to first register a written complaint. Do you know the extent of risk they are carrying without having logged a written complaint at the local police station...? Do some reading for some cases and court verdicts before asking some silly question.

    If a similar incident takes place in a individuals house I hope you know who has to first report the incident to the police and file a written complaint.

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  • Gration DSouza, Modankap/ Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    @ NFS Rodrigues,

    Parents side they have agreed and satisfied with initial report as sucide to whatever reason which they may or may not know and so with diocese head. Its now you who is suspicious of the death. then why cant you register? Has the SP not explained anyone can register? or you are thinking you know law more than the SP?

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  • NFS Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Sir

    You are still not getting the point. Even you have the same suspicion as none of us know the actual reason. The best and the wise thing to do is to report a formal written complaint to safe guard the church authorities. If you do not agree with this may be you are a subject matter expert.

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  • Gration D souza, Modankap/abudhabi

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    @ NFS: still u r not getting the point. The SP has said based on the enquiries going on the necessary information is shared with the concerned and if you are still suspicion then you may report it. Why asking still they have reported?

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    People of the parish know better than people sitting far away and commenting.

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  • Nithan Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Very true and the same people have made people sitting far away aware of the problem and the situation. Its our moral responsibility to support them to get justice.

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  • annoymous, mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    your stand is pointless; please understand the loss of a young priest who died without a natural death; its sad; and justice and reason must be announced to one and all

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  • annoymous, mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    your stand is pointless; please understand the loss of a young priest who died without a natural death; its sad; and justice and reason must be announced to one and all

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Let the truth be bitter but it has to come out. If Fr.Mahesh has made mistake let it be known to the diocesans.

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  • Maria, Sorkol/shirva Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    People have taken undue advantage of the situation circulating fabricated stories, audios without even thinking this is dividing our religion and faith. Am sure the lady in the audio is an illietrate moron who knows she has been used for someone's benefit. This lady should be sent to fish market where she will fit well and she cannot be of rom our church. We shirva ppl only want the truth to come out.

    I respect the law and humbly request the authorities to speed up the process.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    I totally agree with you Maria, People recording and forwarding voice message of parents of Fr Mahesh without their consent it is really crazy.

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  • Reshma, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    probably that was recorded so that people know the truth , SP , Church authorities have lied saying that parents have asked to close the case so that Fr mahesh name will not be spoiled. It just looks like they want to close the case

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  • john, bajpe

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Dear brothers and sisters...with all thats happening .. let us all unite in prayer and make prayers our strength .At the moment we are making money n power to be our strength... I request all the church leaders to give a call for fasting and prayer. Conduct a prayer service from morning till evening in all the churches. When we fight for justice and truth to prevail ,lets not be judgmental. Truth will always prevail. let prayers unite us all and keep us all as one family . God bless us all .

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  • Felix Achhu, Mangaluru/Udupi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    I always hold Daijiworld in high esteem
    Being a media leader, its efforts are on for unity among the various groups at Shirva through this article.

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  • Nithan Rodrigues, Mangalore/ Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    At least now, have the church authorities registered a written complaint at the police station..?

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  • DSOUZA, Shirva, Shirva/Mysore

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    Please come to Shirva and file a police complaint if you are suspecting anything. SP of udupi has clearly mentioned this while addressing the people of Shirva. Church authorities know their responsibility. Your advice is not required.

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Fr. mahesh you are a good man.Good bye to you..!!

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  • Sheela, Muscat

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Being born and brought up in this parish, it is very shocking and insulting to see the unethical behaviour of some individuals. No one is going to win in this blaming game. The ones who scream the most are the ones who are just taking advantage of the situation for their personal benefit. Insulting innocent and respected people without any knowledge or background information does not make anyone a hero. Justice for Fr Mahesh is something we all want and we can go about this is a better respectful way. We are no one to question our Bishop or Priest as we don't know their situation. Rather just be patient and wait until the truth is out. SP did assure us that we will get justice and the truth will be out soon. Patience is the only way we can get to the root cause of this. All we want is justice not a black mark on our parish.

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  • Nithan Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Could you confirm if church authorities have logged a formal written complaint with the police..? Was this not the first step as per law..? all other discussion topics are secondary. There is no point in blaming the people who are protesting for a cause. instead, let's extend to them all moral support if we cannot join them in person. I hope people still remember the Bangalore incident.

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  • Gration DSouza, Modankap/ Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Ok if its a mistake from them then after SP explaining so much why have you or one among 4500 protesters still not registered a case against bishop or desa or on sucide enquiry?

    Though case is not registered and though Fr. Mahesh uncle has closed the case in the very beginning after seeing the body at sight and post mortem initial report satisfaction, still the diocese and police force have gone ahead with enquiry to relevant person and awaiting final scientific reports from experts . IF FIR also I believe same procedures will be carried out untill they get the proof. So what exactly are you trying to proove with FIR?

    If no one is daring to take responsibility from protesters then why so much tantrums? Okay if U cannot find anyone ready to file a complaint then you can ask the young lad who agreed to give in writing in SP NISHAs video. Many of you may be knowing who is he.

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  • Nelson, Dubai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Well said

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  • George, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    You very well said ‘ we are no one to question bishop or priest and we do not know their situation’!!!
    As long as this above remains with the faithful, we Christian faithful will remain sheep (ಬೊಕ್ರೇ) for ever. Just go where ever they tend blindly.

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  • Nelson, Dubai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Reading this article,one can understand the opinions and different angles in which the case is dealt. Shirva parishioners to be alert and focus on regular faith excercise. Please don't mislead the youths. They have a future ahead and elders should be cautious by refraining youths in protests

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    If ppl want to get all their questions answered in this case, have not more than 2-3 chosen representatives speak to the church establishment or police only.... not everybody. When a police or a priest is speaking it looks like there are 50 ppl shouting one on top of the other to get their point across...worse than Republic TV debate.

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Suicide or not, why are outside parishioners interfering with political support? Police should properly whack these guys with their dandas esp. politicians and their representatives with ulterior motives who come there and instigate the crowd....thos is not the way how to handle a death by suicide or a murder investigation.... let the investigation take its course. Dont insult priests or bishop by speaking to them in a condescending way and then it gets circulated by whatsapp..they are priests and bishop are for a reason and ppl should not treat them without any respect....these ppl are behaving like illiterates.. ..these parishioners or non-parioshers need to have some patience. Now even Fr. Mahesh's soul may not Rest in Peace now because of these ppl who want to stir trouble to the establishment for their own agendas.

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  • Felix, Belmannu

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Dear sunil, why are you blaming out side parishioners, this call was given by shirva parishioners to join the agitation. and most of the people are present from neighboring parishioners like panboor, pernal,pilar ext

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Forensic Investigations take time.
    Don't point fingers yet.

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  • Josh, Udupi

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    The best way is to wait for the investigation to complete and to stop spoiling the names of parish priests, parishioners and the bishop by spreading false information and rumours.

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  • YOGI THUNTA, MANGALURU - NEAR PUMPWELL CIRCLE

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    THIS IS CALLED TRUE BELIEF IN GOD AND UNITED IN JESUS CHRIST ! DONT LEAVE THEM ! AS THE PRIEST SUBMIT TO THE GOD AND THERE IS NO PERSONAL THINGS IN HIS LIFE BUT ONLY TO SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN ONE GOD ! SMASH THE MAFIA BEHIND THE CURTAIN HIDING LIKE A WOLF !!

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  • Anil, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Its not a suicide ....

    That's it.....

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  • Well wisher, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    People doubt just because its been unbelievable and everyone are eagerly waiting for revealing the truth but why most of the people who know the truth that is the people who are directly involved are like against and people rest want to know the truth let there be equality since they didn't wanted to misuse community name thy didn't register a complaint but when they had had taken for investigation the phone n rest things its thier duty to crack the case people we support you

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  • Arun, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Better to question the priest who was present in the church, that time the incedent was happened,the truth will automatically come out.

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  • vinod, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Rev. Father belongs to whole society.. So everyone has right to know the truth which should come out.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    No doubt a few people especially those at the top of the ladder have attempted to divide the common people of Shirva. And they would have succeeded had this unfortunate incident happened 40 years ago, at a time when the commoners regarded the clergy as next to God. In this age the dividers should understand that despite their efforts, the public of Shirva irrespective of caste and creed is wholeheartedly united in demanding justice for late Fr. Mahesh and their right to know the truth.

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  • CHARLES SALDANHA, MALAD-MALWANI

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    LET TRUTH PREVAIL. THE LAW OF OUR COUNTRY IS CAPABLE TO BRING OUT THE TRUTH.

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  • Arun, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    As per my opinion, First time in our community such a large protest has taken place
    for suspious case and it should be a lesson in future. And about the protest,most Of the protesters are the parents of the children from surrounding parishes ,whos children's are studying in DonBosco school Shirva,as they have lost their Great Principal.so Shirva parishioners should welcomed them,not to complaint against them.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Two things are shame ful. Entry of police force to church compound. The entry of politician. Those who called police and allowed politician to the place of the parishioners. Those who acted must remember that they are guests and they must honor given them before going to worst. They must apologize with parishioners

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  • Rachael Dsouza, Shirva

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Shirva parish was always united and will remain so.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    What Bible says,

    1 Corinthians 6:1-10 (RSVCE)

    Lawsuits among Believers

    6 When one of you has a grievance against a brother, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous[a] instead of the saints?
    2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
    3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, matters pertaining to this life!
    4 If then you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who are least esteemed by the church?
    5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no man among you wise enough to decide between members of the brotherhood,
    6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?
    7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
    8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren.
    9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,
    10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, Mangalore, India

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    I do not understand why you always quote Bible. But the scripture quoted by you here is for the people who are living and if brothers have fight among themselves, then it is applicable.

    Here in this case, the fight is; for the death of Fr. Mahesh, who has died under mysterious circumstances.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    If one reads above bible passage carefully it covers not only minor lawsuits but also final judgement. Any injustices will be taken care then whether it is a suicide or a murder and if it is not resolved by then. So one would definitely get justice in the end if not now. Patience is very much required.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Why bible, Psalm 1 gives the best answer.

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  • Vijay D'Souza, Kanajar

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Why shouldn't the parishioners demand a proper investigation on the death of Fr Mahesh D'Souza? What should they have done instead when no satisfactory information was forthcoming in the wake of widely circulating speculations about the questionable evidence and cause for his death?

    The church and police authorities said that it was a case of suicide and there was no sign of foul play. However, the pictures of the body shown on local news channels cast doubt on that theory. In addition, it appears that there were some signs of injuries on the deceased persons arms.

    Shouldn't the church authorities exhausted all possibilities for his death before categorically ruling out foul play? What if it was not a case of suicide but made to look like one? What made it so necessary that the onus of proceeding with the investigation should be left with parents of Fr Mahesh, who were at the time obviously in a state of shock and distress? Should they be blamed for believing that the church would take all steps in investigating the cause of their son’s death?

    And what about the dignity and the human rights of Fr Mahesh? Doesn’t this man who served people of Shirva, so selflessly deserve justice if it was denied to him? Don’t the people of Shirva, who loved Fr Mahesh and held him in high regard deserve to know the reasons behind the untimely death of the person they cared for?

    Why does it seem that the church authorities are not so keen on exploring all angles for the cause of his death by repeatedly declaring that they have to protect the good name of Fr Mahesh. Don’t they realise that by doing so they, may be inadvertently, have helped cast aspersions on the character of Fr Mahesh?

    Let us not forget the age-old saying:

    Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, Mangalore, India

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    First of all, why the parishioners have allowed political leaders to be involved. This is like inviting enemies. Politicians always look for their selfish end, irrespective of political parties.

    Secondly, the parishioners are not divided but the media are spreading fake news of division at the instruction of remote controlled, invisible powers.

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  • Chriss, Shirva/Manchakal.

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Being a part of Shirva is a feeling in itself. Forget about Dividing the Church, You cannot divide the People of this place on any grounds, We live in a place where Harmony and Brotherhood is above other social factors. Moreover, these incidents have proven that we have come together than ever, Anyone is welcome for a good cause.
    Saude Mai, will never give up on her children of Shirva.

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, Mangalore, India

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Chriss, Shirva/Manchaka
    You are absolutely right. For just, truth cause, all have united. Good spirit of Shirva people. Our best wishes are always with you. But keep away all politicians, as they will come in sheep clothing and wolf nature.
    Hope, justice will prevail and truth will come out.

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  • james Rodrigues, Manalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Shirva people may be united. But if you claim that the viral videos and audios belong to Shirva people, you will distance them. So abusive language. Nobody is saying fighting for justice is bad, but the very fact that the protocol was not followed says clearly that the people who claim to be the friends of Fr. Mahesh, are trying to get some mileage or trying to settle some score with the clergy.

    James Rodrigues, Mangalore, Dubai

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  • Jigmig, Mangalore, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Wish if these people had shown the same love and care to Fr. Mahesh when he was alive, he would have lived many more years. No man can live in this kind of atmosphere. Place of worship is a place of peace. Please cool down and pray. Dont be a bad example to the world. Every wrong we do against the priest is like hearing true God. Be careful. He is watching you.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Which wrong against a priest you are writing about...????? People are fighting for the truth to come out and that's it.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    @Jigmig mangalore,do you mean that Fr.Mahesh died because people didnt love and cared him?Still people dont know exact cause of his death,whether suecide or some other cause .Thatswhy now people want to know the reason.O God if only he could comedown and explain to all what happened to him,and tell people not to make more problems than are at present.

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  • Rakesh Shetty, Shirva

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Now involvement of political party, the church decided into two houses, this will benefit for the political party, and the public don't use their brain. The inquiry should be done peacefully, not like this way, to puncher the vehicals, this is too much.

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  • Savitha Dsouza, kulur

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    It's indeed very sad and heart breaking to see the way the youth and people were abusing and humiliating the Bishop...My heart goes out to the Clergy.Whatever may be the reason they are our Spiritual Leaders...Let's learn how to solve matters without disrespecting...This attitude of the people being so barbaric is disgusting..
    Before they face the wrath of God ..They better understand...

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  • james Rodrigues, Manalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Very well said Savitha. and many of them are saying they are simply interested to know the truth. To know the truth, you don't have to use such filthy language and many people in various WhatsApp groups defendeded this kind of behavior from the youth and parishioners. this talks about their brought up. Shame on people who divide our community for their selfish motives.

    James Rodrigues, Mangalore/Dubai

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  • Savitha Dsouza, kulur

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Thank You sir for your valuable thoughts....justice has to be sought..WE ALL as a community want to know the reason behind Rev.Father's suicide...But not in an ugly way...By the way people are behaving..they are setting a wrong example

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  • JEEVS, Mlr

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    ugly way people are behaving & They are setting a wrong example I totally agree with it, but can you please tell me what made them to act like that ? did church authorities took proper action immediately and why SP is and authorities are not giving proper response to people. church is like our own house shouting & damaging to valuable items that's wrong but if something suspicious thing happen in house what will be the 1st step ?

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  • hilda, uppor/mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Where was the church President/Vice President/Secretary during the protest? where were those so called people who loved their parish and their priests? is it not their duty to control their own parishioners or so called hooligans.??

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  • Heri Fernandes, Mangalore/UK

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Its a great tragedy that we lost Fr.Mahesh for whatever reasons might be. Proper probe must be conducted and if anyone found guilty must be dealt with fullest force of the law even if it is a religious leader...Its good to see people protesting to speed up the investigation as they have every right to know the truth behind the tragic loss of their beloved father..
    However whats disgraceful is that people are trying to get political mileage out of the situation or trying to settle scores with religious leaders.. From various posts in the social media its very evident that while certain people are truly fighting for the justice for departed soul, while many others are simply being opportunistic vultures trying to gain personally from such a tragic situation! I read one gentleman calling on people not to attend mass until the issue is resolved... what an idiot! He doesnt even realize that the mass is the celebration of supreme sacrifice of Christ himself for humanity and he is asking people not to attend the mass... Is this the way to protest..
    Protests must be carried on in a civilized, sensible way until we know the truth behind the death and justice is obtained... However opportunistic vultures must be spotted and kicked out of the protests..

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  • jacintha, moodubelle/uk

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Shirva parishoners, how could you stoop to this level to find out the truth? what are you teaching your children? to abuse priests and bishops? why do you need church when you do not know to respect religious heads and keep sanctity of the church ?
    We definitely would like to know the truth for sure but the way it is done is not acceptable.

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  • VInod, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Demanding justice is important not maintaining so called name sake sanctity.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    If the Priest and the Bishop do not behave the in the way they are supposed to ....then these things happen for sure. By the way Priests and Bishops are not God...they are also human beings like us. They are supposed to behave in a more wise way than the lay men who are generally considered as idiots (in religious matters and also justice) when compared to them.

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  • Henry rodrigues, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Firstly let the police do their job and secondly do not join the jobless people protesting it makes no sense . Infact those thousand people should pray for fr Mahesh and his family . Dont play the blame game its not your job . Have patience the investigation takes time and the reports will be out soon .

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  • Margaret, Toronto, Canada

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    It is a shame on Shirva parishioners . They behaved like hooligans, disrespecting their Bishop, Parish Priest and even the Law Enforcement people . Ringing church bells is totally unacceptable . These hooligans , cheap, poor mentality people making fake accusations should be punished. If catholic behave in this manner how you expect anyone respect you . Please leave the SP and her Team alone to complete her investigation as she has addressed all of you that it takes 60 days.. Your riots,, demonstrations , accusations will not help in the investigations . Be patient .
    My heartfelt sympathies to the family of Fr.Mahesh

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, India

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    60 days for what? Hide the truth or reveal the truth..
    Mystery remains mystery.. unless and until if there is no thorough investigation this case will be failure!

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  • Ronald, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    One fine day truth will come out and same people will be surprised to know unbelievable personnels are involved,it will be beyond their imagination, that is what now trying to hide.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Mr. Ronald, truth has to come out. But it will not come out if people who has to pursue the case further act like this.

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  • R.M.Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    It is indeed very sad to lose a young priest,great loss to the family to the school and to all of us,to the Udupi diocese.A peaceful protest is very much welcome.But is it ok to crucify other priests and the Bishop by our untoward behavior?Isnt it shameful our little children insulting the Bishop and parish priest?Where is our humanity disappeared?Have we forgotten that Fr.Mahesh is like a son to the bishop and a companion tothe parish priest?

    Despite the assurances of the police if people are aggressive it shows ulterior motive.
    One more observation -When Bishop and Parish priest were addressing the people it would have been a welcome sight if some priests were present.The absence was more than visible.
    Rest In Peace Fr.Mahesh.Truth will be out.The Chief Justice is seeing from above.

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  • Vinod, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    It is surprising that the Diocese of Udupi didn't initiate any prayer meets, or any protests nor lodged any compliant to find out the truth?

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    It is like during Jesus time, on Palm Sunday people shouted like " Hosanna " and welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem, and same people next Friday shouted like " Crucify " against Jesus and crucified Him. This is how people were before, now and forever will be unless they live in the Spirit no changes to come.....

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    It is most shameful and disgraceful to see Mangalore Catholics behave in this way and bring disrepute to Catholicism! What happened to the Word of God — gone down the drain?

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  • Agustin Dsouza, Pangala

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Whom you are referring? Religious leaders or Catholic people. People still tolerate these corrupt Gods men so the religion still exists.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Why are you bringing religion in this...???? People are fighting for the justice to Fr. Mahesh.

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    What is political here? The truth behind Fr. Mahesh's suicide should come out and culprits should be punished. That's it.

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  • Josephine, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    It's important to address this issue as a community and not create conflicts unnecessarily.
    When an investigation takes place, the Police department evaluates all aspects of the incident carefully.
    They are trained for years to do their job, hence people need to step aside and let the law do what they're good at.

    We need to evaluate the recent decisions we've made, by doing a protest.. what are we trying to prove? This is how we show respect and love for our community? why are we blaming the Bishop/ Priest ? Are we aware of their limitations, being in that position? and most importantly, do we have proof to back these accusations? Does Fr. Mahesh's family need this drama and chaos at the time of mourning his loss?

    Let us be more respectful to one another and not participate in politics,

    Be patient for the truth to unfold!!

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  • Bemmi, Dubai /Karla

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Still people dont understand some fishy is there, here people says political leaders just here to show thiere publicity if they not come then these people will say he will come only during elections, now everything is crystal somehow some people wanted to close this case. but no worries fr Mahesh will get justice.

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  • Stanley Dsouza, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Dear Protesters,

    Answer yourselves this rational questions without getting emotionally charged.

    1) Do you believe that our law and order scenario is so weak that the inquiry can be manipulated by the perpetrators if any, of this abettment to suicide.
    2) What has the Bishop and the Clergy to gain from the demise of one of their very own.
    3) Do you believe that by heckling and verbally intimidating the Bishop and the Clergy you will get the truth.
    4) If the report comes out stating that the Bishop and the Clergy haf no role to play in the untimely demise of the Priest how will you take back all the allegations and rumours levied.
    5) Will you be 'Christain' enough to admit that it is your own fault to believe, smear and spread juicy conspiracy theories.

    I would unconditionally apologise on this very forum if the allegations are proven..
    Last but not the least my heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Father Mahesh.

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  • Jd, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Agree with every word you said.

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  • Friend, Shirva

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Disagree strongly!

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  • Sandesh Lobo, Manipal/Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Parents of Mahesh given written document that they will not be processing the case but they never stopped or mentioned not to process the case. This is what they exactly said in the audio viral also. They made their stand very clear. I also feel that media is trying to misleading the people with new stories like this rather than bringing out the truth. If there is any mistake from Fr. Mahesh still people of Shirva forgive him. If there is no mistake from Fr. Mahesh and he is forced to kill himself or murdered..that cannot be forgiven nor forgettable.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Since the parents of Fr.Mahesh have offered him to diocese they did not wish to pursue the case further, it is the duty of diocese to take the matter further and pursue the case. If diocese acts like this then people are bound to react.

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  • Josephine, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    First of all, it’s important to address this issue as a community and not create conflicts unnecessarily. When an investigation takes place, the police look at all aspects of an incident. They are trained for years to do their job, so people need to step aside and let the law handle this. We need to seriously evaluate our decisions that we’re making, By doing a protest, what are we trying to prove? This is how we show respect and love for your community? Why are we blaming the parishioners and people of the church ? Do we have proof to back these loose accusations? Do the family of Fr. Mahesh want all of this drama while they’re mourning?

    Let us be more respectful to one another and not participate in the wicked agenda of politics. Wait for the truth to unfold!!

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  • Shahid, Shirva

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    I don't know why people are talking about community here there were Muslims, hindus in protest. This protest was for beautiful soul not to show off he was the principal of the school where all community children study.. Until and unless we wont get proper answers to our questions we will fight for it even other communities will join the protest in large number. We know how shirva is and we don't want to listen and get their advice who don't belong to our area.

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  • Mangalore, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    The person who lead the protest, Parishoners who protested, abused bishop should be taken to task. A Case of defamation should be filed against them for spreading rumours

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  • Nithan Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Can you also tell us why a complaint was not logged by church authorities ?

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Rumours arise when laid down procedures are not followed.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    What political mileage or scores could get settled it anyone protests for a just enquiry and know the truth because he was a leader of the laity who followed him & respected him greatly!

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  • myna, Mysuru

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    A DIVIDED HOUSE WILL NOT STAND. IT IS DOOMED TO PERISH

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  • Joy Dsouza, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Shirva is Not a 'Divided House' They all are United and all peoples of Diocese as well as various community among them to get Justice to Fr Mahesh . We lost one good priest as well good leader. No one can replace him. If a religious leaders well advance trying to get Justice to Fr Mahesh along with people of Shirva nothing will happens. No one can hide truth....

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    The question is who asked the police not to pursue the case further and why. Definitely there are some hidden hands behind this death.

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  • Shirva Parishoner, Shirva

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Truly said Charles D Mello

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  • Grace R., Australia

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Blaming innocent and respected people will do no good to anyone. Using abusive language and uncultured behaviour just spreads negativity and hatred. Truth will shut such negative people and their unwanted opinions.

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  • Basil, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Shirva parishioners reaction is simply unacceptable to any christian community, disrespecting Bishop and ringing church bell is behavior of hooligans. All should have awaited for the final report.
    Do not jump in to conclusion and accuse someone who has served the community for several years.

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  • Angel, shirva/bahrain

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    I am ashamed to call myself a shirva parishioner though am born and raised in Shirva looking at the hooligan behaviour of the people. It was unnecessary to call for protest in the church ground and making a mockery of the spiritual place a fighting ground.
    The abusive language shows the cheap and dirty mentality of Shirva parishioners who were present at the protest specially the person who was screaming. If we Catholics do not know how to respect our religious heads what can you expect from others.
    Since the case is under investigation no body can interfere which is clearly told by SP. People of Shirva have some patience and the truth will come out. We want to know the truth but not at the cost of damaging the reputation of the religious heads.
    I doubt anyone will respect us in the future if we tell that we are from Shriva parish. This is very bad for us and our children future. No priest will come to our parish.

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  • Nithan Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    assuming that everything is clean, tidy and fair itself is a blunder. Why was complaint not filed in this case by the church? is this not a basic requirement for every citizen as per law? People have to take lead to get justice.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Why the laity, everytime, have to be mute spectators when anything suspicious goes on; there should be total transparency in everything as they are fully accountable to the laity who have placed their trust in them and follow them, and look up to them as spiritual leaders!!

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    It is most shameful and disgraceful to see Mangalore Catholics behave in this way and bring disrepute to Catholicism! What happened to the Word of God — gone down the drain?

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  • joel noronha, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    people of other parishes should calm down a bit. it's shirva parishes internal matter let them solve it themself. Christian values are just throw in garbage in here.

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  • William, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Mind your own business. You take care of Mangalore diocese. We take care and shape our diocese. We the learned people of the diocese will teach to conduct the affairs of the diocese the way we need as we pay for the development.

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  • Jessie D Souza, kemman

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    What is the solution for unity ? Let the events be transparent ? why hide under `personal reasons ? `What was the need to take undertaking from the parents not to pursue the case rather Diocese should have taken the responsibility to look into the depths of the matter and present it to the parishioners. When so many things go against the emotional sentiments , naturally people from all walks of life will come forward to seek justice.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Best way should have been to leave the situation in God's hands, if injustice happened to anyone God could fix it at anytime by Himself, through concerned authorities, persons.

    Sometimes one need to wait for God's timings to avoid matter to get worse and loosing everyone's peace. Also people's curiosity, playing politics makes things more complex.

    Bible says in,
    Luke 12:2 The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.

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  • Pradeep, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Shirva is united to find out the truth and punish the culprit who ever he is.

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  • Naveen D'souza, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Not only Shirva Parish? other Parishes must help. Even Mangaloreans.

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  • Lawrence Dsouza, Pilar / Dubai

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Thank you Daijiworld. Excellent review. I had doubt on that day itself looking at the crowd. The local political leader and people most of them were from outside Shirva. This is conspiracy by some people to put the blame on priests and spoil the Catholic Church.

    Truth has to come out. Justice may be delayed, but cannot be denied.

    Daijiworld, pls keep us updated. Good, unbiased report from you

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  • Shirva Parishoner, Shirva

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Simple and perfect solution for all doubts:-

    What made Fr Mahesh to take extreme step?

    Who all are behind this misterious death?

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  • john moras, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    It is for the police to investigate and find out the truth.
    Bishop or the Parish Priest are only the religious heads.
    They cannot determine the causes of death of Fr. Mahesh.
    The parishioners must be judicious in their demands.
    Simply believing the statements of some unscrupulous people is dangerous.
    Protests will do more harm to Catholic community.
    We must await for the full reports from the Police Dept.

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  • Concerned, Shirva

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Yes we christians are true diciple of forgive and forget.
    But one thing Mr. Moras keep in mind
    When these kind of incidents happe truth should be revealled to the public at first instance!
    Otherwise tensions, confusion barrier will widen day by day.
    Bishop and parish priest too late to address the press.
    Which they should have been done inetially.

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  • Kenneth, Katpadi

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Mr. Moras is right. One statement by bishop on the next day of uneventful death of Fr. Mahesh or on the day of his funeral would have saved the diocess and christian community from the shameful aftermath.
    Even bishop is human and bound to make mistakes. This is indeed grave one

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Does the truth comes out if Parents ( They have a reason not to pursue the case as they have offered Fr. Mahesh to the Diocese) and also diocese do not wish to pursue the case further (Why is the question)...????? People are not asking priest and Bishop to give verdict. They are asking them to pursue the case and to get justice to Fr. Mahesh.

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  • Rathnakara A, Shirva

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Forget Everything and just find the answer for the questions below:

    1. Did Fr Mahesh D’Souza commited suicide? If yes what was the reason behind it?
    2. Did Fr Mahesh D’Souza was forced to commit suicide? If yes, by whom ?
    3. Did Fr Mahesh D’Souza was murdered? If yes, by whom ?

    Only three possibilities like above, just clear the doubt with convincing proof that's it

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  • laveena, shirva

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    well said Rathnakaran , let them answer these three question then problem will be solved.
    well wishers of father Mahesh need answer .

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  • Lanslara, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Laveena
    there will be no answer. just wait and watch .

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  • Manoj Menezes, Shirva/Abudhabi

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Exactly Rathnakara A, Shirva. Good questions.

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  • NCM Prabhu, Kirem

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Agreed... but Fr Mahesh being a professional and having good leadership and counselling abilities would have left a note explaining why he has taken this drastic step, he would have never left to cause trouble .foreseeing disruption and confusion after he has left us.
    This is the doubt ….who Killed him????or What killed him ??

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Bishop should lead this questions to answer it by proper investigation.

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  • DEEPAK, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    SHIRVA IS NOT "DIVIDED HOUSE" . SHIRVA IS UNITED IN DIVERSITY . ALL FAITH OF PEOPLE LEAVE PEACEFULLY.

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  • Nevil lobo, Shirva

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Did you check the identity / cards of people who attended the protest .if yes then the news would hold some weightage.

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  • Samad, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 6 2019

    Do you know from they were?

    DisAgree [4] Agree [10] Reply Report Abuse


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