PANAJI: The Goa government has ordered an inquiry into reports that a "purification ritual" was conducted on Saturday at the state-run Kala Academy here, where the body of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar was kept.
Art and Culture Minister Govind Gawade said that he had ordered the inquiry after a section of the media reported that a purification ritual was carried out by some persons on the academy premises where Parrikar's mortal remains were kept on Monday before final rites.
"I have taken a strong note of these activities. We cannot promote or patronise unscientific activities in government buildings," Gawade said. Parrikar, 63, died on Sunday after battling a pancreatic ailment for a year.