PANAJI: Panaji police initiated an inquiry into the alleged illegal burial of a person in the British Cemetery at Dona Paula last month.
Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) councillor CCP Nelson Cabral had filed a complaint in this regard.
The inquiry was initiated after a complaint was lodged by the Director of the Archaeological Department with SP North Goa.
The Archaeological Department has stated that the British Cemetery is a Protected Monument as per ‘The Goa Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1978 and Rules 1980’ as per the Notification.
“Some unknown persons have illegally buried a body in the British Cemetery,” sources said.
There are 42 marked graves in the cemetery. The last body to be buried was in 1912.
After Liberation, the British cemetery came to be recognised as a state-protected historical monument, with the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology as its custodian.