Floriano Vaz

Floriano Vaz – Konkani language agitation’s first martyr.

His crime: asking recognition of his Mother Tongue, Konkani.

Floriano Vaz was shot dead in cold blood on 20 December 1986 at noon, near his home at Gogol, by a constable of the Gujarat State Reserve Police during the height of the agitation that culminated in Konkani being conferred the status of the official language of the state of Goa.