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Goa Police arrests church pastor for alleged involvement in conversion and black magic

Pastor Dominic D Souza, from the Five Pillar Church, was apprehended by the Mapusa police. They said that a case has been registered against the pastor and his associates.

Edited By: Anurag Roushan @Candid_Tilaiyan Panaji Updated on: January 01, 2024 13:23 IST
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Goa Police on Monday arrested a church pastor, alleging his involvement in conversion and black magic activities. Pastor Dominic D Souza, from the Five Pillar Church, was apprehended by the Mapusa police. Jivba Dalvi, Mapusa Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) said that a case has been registered against the pastor and his associates.

"An offence under section 153-A, 295-A, 506 (ii) R/w 34 IPC, Sections 3, 4, 7 of The Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act 1954 is registered against the pastor, his wife, and unknown members, all associated with Five Pillar Church," he said. 

"This is the third offence registered against him on similar sections and 5 more offences in different sections are already registered. In total, eight offences are registered against him," the police officer added.

Charges against Pastor Dominic

Pastor Dominic had earlier been arrested in May this year. The High Court had quashed the state administration's order to then ban Pastor Dominic's alleged conversion activity.

Interstate gang busted in Goa

Earlier, Goa Police busted an interstate gang and arrested seven people for stealing luxury phones worth Rs 25 lakh. A total of seven individuals have been arrested for allegedly stealing high-end mobile phones during the Sunburn Festival 2023 at Vagator, Bardez Goa. All have been arrested under Section 379 r/w 34 IPC, the police said. 

"The modus operandi of the thieves was such that they used to target music lovers and steal their high-end mobile phones while they were enjoying the Sunburn Festival. Several mobile theft cases have been reported since the onset of the Sunburn Festival in 2023," as per a press release. During the seizure, 29 high-end mobile phones of different brands, which are all worth around Rs 25 lakh, were seized from the accused persons.

(With inputs from ANI)

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