The office of the NRI Affairs Commissioner has received a response from the Consulate General, NRI Affairs Director Anthony D’Souza said.
The office had written to the consulate on Tuesday, asking for its help in bringing back Dias’ remains, as well as his death certificate, and Chief Minister-designate Pramod Sawant assured the government’s support.
“The Consulate General is pursuing the case as the deceased holds an Indian passport. The local authorities there must first complete the investigation into the murder,” D’Souza said.
The office of the NRI Affairs Commissioner will also seek compensation for his mother.
“In addition to seeking repatriation and a death certificate, we will pursue whatever monetary benefits we can on his mother’s behalf, keeping her circumstances in mind,” he said.
Dias’ mother struggled to raise him as a single mother and lives in a one-room rented facility near the church in Chandor.
The consulate is seeking additional details about Dias and the Office of the NRI Affairs Commissioner has appealed to friends and colleagues to share information to help with the process.
Once the formalities of the police and civil authorities and the autopsy have been completed, the repatriation will be carried out. The Union Home Ministry has a fund for the repatriation of the remains of people in such cases, and Dias was found to hold a valid Indian passport.
US police have yet to determine the motive for the murder. Dias moved to the United States about two years ago.