Udupi: Fr Mahesh D’Souza suicide case – Police question around 50 people


Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi 

Udupi, Nov 28: Though speedy probe in Fr Mahesh D’Souza suicide case was assured by the police officers during the protest held at Shirva Church premises earlier this month, the FSL report is still awaited, according to investigation officer and Kaup police circle inspector Mahesh Prasad. 

Speaking exclusively to Daijiworld.com, Mahesh Prasad, said, "We are investigating the case. The FSL report may come within a week. Many persons associated with late Fr Mahesh D'Souza, family members and many others have been already interrogated. Around 50 persons have been questioned so far. Fr Mahesh D'Souza's mobile phone has also been sent for forensic tests," 

It is learnt that, Sunil Cabral, Cornald Castelino and others who were in the forefront during the protest, met Basavaraj Bommai, home minister of Karnataka, recently. They have appealed to the government for a fair enquiry. Sunil Kumar, MLA Karkala and Mattaru Ratnakar Hegde, president Udupi district BJP, were also part of this delegation. 

Some sources claim that after this meeting with home minister, the investigation has taken further speed. But Mahesh Prasad says “There is no political pressure in relation to this case. Some people have submitted an appeal to the home minister for a fair enquiry recently. Investigation is carried out in a fair manner. Soon we may get clarity about the whole incident.”  

Reacting to some report that appeared in a newspaper stating that data of Fr Mahesh D'Souza's mobile phone were erased, Mahesh Prasad said "As it is an Apple iphone It is not so easy to erase all the data from that mobile. These mobile phones have high-security systems. If anything such has happened, then it will appear in the forensic reports. The mobile phone has been sent to forensic investigation in Bengaluru and the report is soon expected,’’  

As it is a high profile case, police are also not ready to reveal any names or more information at the moment. Daijiworld has learnt that, persons closely associated with late Fr Mahesh D'Souza, including some priests are being questioned by the police. 

The death of Fr Mahesh was considered as suicide based on the initial post-mortem report. It is not known why the FSL report is delayed as it is almost 50 days since the incident took place. Police source say that the report cannot be expected on urgent basis. 

  

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    Readers, when powerful, vested interests, are involved in crime, justice gets diluted.. There are backdoor channels active, to suppress the truth.... Believe me, nothing will ever come out, in the public domain !!!!!!!!

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  • Ajith Dcosta, Kundapura

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    oh no sometimes I wonder whether we are in 21st Century, reports awaited since when, Oh my God, still reports not come, can someone share the knowledge of these reports procedures. Mobile phone Forensic report, FSL report, post Mortem reports all reports are still under process.
    Are we really backward in medical science???

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  • Francis D'Souza, Udupi

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    Thankful to the persons who are in forefront of the protest and fighting for the justice.May the lord bless them. Fr. Mahesh's blessings will be there on your families.
    During Jesus Christ's time all the intellectuals distanced him and hated him whereas the simple, humble,God fearing people supported him and followed him.

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  • Francis D'Souza, Udupi

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    Fr. Mahesh is among the holy.He loved all specially the poor and the less fortunate.
    Nature responded during his funeral causing heavy down pour,lighting thunder and darkness everywhere. I am sure the truth will prevail.

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  • pesh almeida, Manipal

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    who said that...Christians are Congress !

    Look at this, we got a full handed BJP politicians support just to close this matter!

    if it closed without any result...may be in 2024, "We should march with the BJP party"

    They are the deal breakers! (make a note of it)

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    Please remember he was a public figure who guided the laity and was looked up on so he had accountability to those who followed by him with utmost faith, is it not??

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    Police are trying to protect some Politicians ...

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  • Vinaya, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    What ever the case may be either suicide or murder
    We people need only the truth and justice.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    BTW, in a terrorist attack in 2018 even the FBI experts were not able to unlock the suspects phone, and had to request Apple to crack it!!!

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  • myna, Mysuru

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    Let the Police do their job. Unnecessary political pressure will not help in resolving issues but only add to gossip and confusion. Don't forget that such hype was let loose in the case of SI Ganapathy who committed suicide and senior police officers and then Home Minister was being dragged into the controversy. Finally the CBI acquitted all of them. Such pressure will sully the name of innocent people. Let the law takes its course. Either the press or the people should not chalk out the course of law.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    If it's suicide by hanging then what FSL report has to do with the case??

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    Rudolf
    Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report will establish whether the person was poisoned and then hung or he hanged himself, since the post mortem report has not shown any injury by attack.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    This is another angle,BTW!!

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    Jesus on suicide and how to overcome it.

    Ref : The Poem of the Man-God Chapter 69 Vol 1.

    It is true that to kill oneself is the same as killing other people. Both our own and other people's lives are the gift of God and only God Who gives life, has the authority to take it. Who kills himself, confesses his own pride, and pride is hated by God.

    He confesses his pride? I would say his despair. And what is despair but pride? Just think, Judas.

    Why does one despair? Either because misfortunes persistently perturb him and he wants to overcome them by himself, but is unable to do so. Or because he is guilty and he thinks that he cannot be forgiven by God. In both cases, is not pride the basic reason?

    The man who wants to do all by himself, is no longer humble enough to stretch out his hand to the Father and say to Him: “I am not able, but You are. Help me, because I hope and wait for everything from You.”

    The other man who says: “God cannot forgive me” says so, because measuring God by his own standards, he knows that another person could not forgive him, if that person had been offended, as he offended God. So here again it is pride.

    A humble man understands and forgives, even if he suffers for the offence received. A proud man does not forgive. He is proud also because he is not capable of lowering his head and saying: “Father, I have sinned, forgive Your poor guilty son.”

    But do you not know, Judas, that the Father will forgive everything, if one asks to be forgiven with a sincere, contrite, humble, heart willing to rise again to new life?

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  • Basil, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    very well drafted! committing suicide is crime and blaming on innocents is bigger crime.
    When investigation is going on smoothly, why there is speculation and blame game. All must have patience for the outcome. Don't be judge and point finger at others, check those 4 fingers tells you what have you done? Its time to restore some pride and repent for what you have done in anger or provocation.

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  • NFS Rodrigues, rodriguesnithan@gmail.com

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    Sir,

    we have had enough of preaching including the Sunday sermons. We need facts and action.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    By now the law enforcers should have got a solid clue on this mystery???

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  • Samad, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    We dont care Home minister, Prime Minister, Donald Trump or Al qaeda we want the reason why? We need the Answers for every question.

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  • Ray Dsouza, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    When a person commits suicide. Family members will never disclose why the person committed suicide.

    Every family member wants to have their dignity and respect protected. So you do not expect that you will know the reason why a person has committed suicide.

    Every human being has two sides of their life. One is public life and the other personal life. Therefore , do not ever think or expect that the family members or the church members will ever disclose the public the personal life. If it is suicide the report will be suicide and they will say it is because of his personal reasons and nobody will disclose the private life.

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  • Celine, Shirva/Kuwait

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    Hope and pray to those forefront leaders with courage and strength to take this case till the end to get the justice to Fr. Mahesh and his family and all the loved once. Please do not give up. Otherwise this kind of incident can be encouraged to others. May God bless all who involve in this case.

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  • Anonymus, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    'Distinction between murder and suicide may be impossible by an examination of the body alone.

    Detailed investigation of the scene, reconstruction of the position of the suspended body, examination of the rope, the knots, the direction of the fibres on the rope may serve to discover homicidal hanging.'
    Autopsy report only can say whether the person was alive or dead at the time of hanging. The doctors can not opine whether it is suicide or murder(homicide).

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  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    "Autopsy report only can say whether the person was alive or dead at the time of hanging"
    Isnt this good enough evidence?

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  • Jessie D Souza, kemman

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    This is a real mystery in the history of Shirva church. Parishioners and all those who seek justice, must resort to individual and collective prayers so that justice may prevail and faith and trust of the people may be restored.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    We trust only CBI ...

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    The truth must be revealed to all losing a Priest is not easy today. Whoever or whatsoever the reason the exact truth should come out.

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  • Annoymous, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    This is good that it is not FORGOTTEN. The truth must be revealed to all; as is very important; and losing a Priest is not easy today. Whoever or whatsoever the reason the exact truth should come out.
    Awaiting updates from sources.

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  • Ambrose, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    I was just giving my thoughts on this two days back.. What happened to the case? Is it gone ? is is closed without any inquiry? why is it taking so long? why are the people who protested are silent? is justice being done? Looks like this case is still active and only by pressurizing the departments through higher ups the case is moving now.. I hope truth comes out soon.. Even if it suicide we wan to know the truth. Hope god enlightens our authorities to give a fair output on this case. Let the truth prevail as soon as possible May god bless

    Regards

    Ambrose

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    For us, it is a fairness issue and a justice issue. Whether it is a suicide or murder, we want a fair and truthful inquiry and finding.

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  • Peshu dalmeida, Manipal

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    Finally, it is getting closed without any output.

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  • Joseph, Qatar

    Thu, Nov 28 2019

    Probably ... I beg to differ...because it's due to a lackadaisical attitude - rather, it's already past that stage, cos we should have had a "confirmed" result by now.

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