Around 400 parishioners of St Francis Xavier Church gathered at the church hall on Tuesday evening and listened as their parish priest recounted details of Monday’s I-T raid and demanded a public apology from the authorities.
“The way they harassed me, it was as if I was a smuggler or robber. I have never had such an experience,” said a visibly agitated Gonsalves, while addressing the meeting.
He added that he was not informed of the reason for the raid, just that they were I-T officers and had to carry out the inquiry.
According to Gonsalves, the I-T officials arrived at the church when he was away.
When the Velim parish priest reached the church he was subjected to a series of questions regarding his income, his assets, how he financed himself and his recent vacation in America.