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Cops rule out any other hand in McLaughlin murder

17 May 2017 05:55am IST
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17 May 2017 05:55am IST

Say they have interrogated three boys but found no links to the murder; McLaughlin family advocate suspects involvement of more persons, seeks thorough probe

Team Herald


PANJIM: Following a report in Herald on Tuesday, Canacona Police said they have interrogated three local boys as suspects but their role in the rape and murder of Irish national Danielle McLauglin could not be established.

Canacona PI Filomeno Costa said Rajesh Komarpant, Rupesh Komarpant and Shakil Komarpant were picked up as suspects but after interrogation they were allowed to go as there was nothing to link them with the murder.

Accused Vikat Bhagat, who is in Colvale judicial lockup, in a letter to his sister named three friends as being the persons who killed McLaughlin and he was being framed.  

Costa said that Bhagat had not disclosed the names of three local boys. He added that the charge sheet is ready and would be submitted to the court before the completion of 90 days of the crime. Costa reiterated the motive behind the murder of McLaughlin is sex and the investigations have concluded. 

However, the letter written by Bhagat from the Colvale judicial lockup, a copy of which is with Herald, states that since 2016 McLaughlin and he were in contact and were physically intimate.

Medical reports, pictures and Bhagat’s statement in the letter prove that he had surgery to his left hand, making it difficult for him to lift a stone to smash on McLaughlin.

Advocate Vikram Varma, who had been assisting McLaughlin’s family said he has been suspecting the involvement of more than one person in the crime. “If what has been stated in the letter of the accused is true, then it is apparent that some police officers have attempted to manipulate facts and subvert justice,” he said.

He demanded a thorough probe into the matter. “If what is stated is true, then the strongest action must be taken against the police officers who have misled the public, the media as well as the political leadership in this matter,” Varma said.

He said that on the request of McLaughlin’s friends he initially examined the facts and circumstances of the case and was convinced that there were more men involved in the crime. 

Bhagat, in the letter, said he is penning down the facts only to get justice to the departed soul.

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