A social media campaign has been started for a 30-year-old US resident, who apparently died after choking on mud in a paddy field in Korgao village of North Goa. Friends of Caitanya Lila Holt, also a former US soldier took to social media to seek justice, starting the #JusticeforCaitanya campaign.
The campaign claims that Caitanya, who was a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in the US, was “murdered by a lynch mob and the police in Goa”.
The protestors have also send a letter to Goa’s legislators questioning the situation under which Holt was killed. "He was a United States soldier in US Air Force. He was a lifetime member of ISKCON and a devotee of Lord Krishna. We demand justice. We will not stop till you investigate his murder and arrest the people responsible," a letter addressed to Goa's legislators said. “We demand justice. We will not stop till you investigate his murder and arrest the people responsible”, the letter said further.
It was reported that the Ohio-born Caitanya had died after choking on mud in the Paddy field. A subsequent post-mortem conducted in the presence of the US embassy officials and an ISKCON member deputed by the Holt's family, revealed that he died of asphyxia caused by choking on sludge. Body injuries of non-fatal nature were also acknowledged in the post-mortem conducted by a panel of forensic doctors of Goa Medical College. The protesters believe that the villagers and police chased him after mistaking him for a thief. Allegedly, some individuals in the mob who chased him also beat him up to death.