Tracking Portuguese Goa’s dreaded agent via cyberspaceMay 29th, 2008 - 10:27 am ICT by admin
By Frederick Noronha
Panaji, May 29 (IANS) He was a secret service agent who used to torment freedom fighters when Goa was under Portuguese rule. Now some crucial missing links on ‘Agente Monteiro’ have surfaced in cyberspace. In an unusual series of developments over the past couple of months, a posting on Goanet (goanet.org) on the man has led to the unearthing of an interesting, though painful, chapter of history.
Agente Monteiro has long been a dreaded name in Goa because of the legendary brutality with which he is believed to have acted against anyone who challenged the colonial state then under Portuguese rule.
Oddly, the posting in cyberspace got noticed by someone in Britain, who turned out to be the son of Agente Monteiro and was aghast about the manner in which his father - now believed to be dead - had treated the people of Goa in his time.
Just a few weeks ago, Roland Francis, a Canada-based Goan, got the ball rolling accidentally by posting a report about Agente Monteiro, as reflected in the 1955 Maharashtra Gazette records.
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