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Herald meets Vikat’s family in canacona

17 May 2017 05:56am IST
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17 May 2017 05:56am IST

CANACONA: Herald, for the first time, spoke exclusively with the family of the accused Vikat Bhagat at his house at Bhagatwada at Canacona. Vikat's two sisters and mother spoke their heart out to Herald on Tuesday morning for over two hours.

CANACONA: Herald, for the first time, spoke exclusively with the family of the accused Vikat Bhagat at his house at Bhagatwada at Canacona. Vikat's two sisters and mother spoke their heart out to Herald on Tuesday morning for over two hours.

Two months have passed since Vikat was arrested as an accused in the sexual abuse and murder of Danielle Mc Laughlin, 28, whom he had befriended during her previous trip to Goa and both were in contact through social media when she had returned to her home in Ireland. CCTV footage showing Vikat and Danielle sitting and then going out of a restaurant at Ovrem in Palolem is also attached as evidence, later that evening both were reportedly spotted at a popular joint at Colomb, Palolem.

Vikat is now placed under judicial custody at Colvale jail. According to his family, on May 4, when Vikat was brought for hearing at JMFC, Canacona, he complained to the judge that he had written a letter to his sister and the jail authorities at Colvale were not allowing him to post it. The judge immediately instructed the jail authorities and asked Vikat's sister to personally collect the same. 

Vikat's younger sister, to whom the letter was addressed, went to the Colvale jail the next day but the jailor flatly refused saying there was no such letter with them. However, the SP at Colvale jail met his sister in the evening and said he will try and get it posted the next day. An envelope was also handed over to her to mention the address. Considering the sensitivity of the case and the trust deficit, she didn't believe the SP and next travelled by bus from Canacona to Colvale. She went to the Colvale post office and asked about the letter addressed to her, however the postal staff said no such letter was received by them. From the post office, she called the SP, (at this time she pauses and  plays the audio recording of the conversation with the SP) it appears that the SP is not happy to answer the questions and insisted on finding about the letter which he had asked his junior colleague to post on Monday.

On Monday, May 8, she called him (SP) again from Panjim and this time, he said his office had posted it on Saturday. Eventually, she received the 29-page letter by registered AD on May 10. Vikat's sisters and mother after reading the lengthy document said that Vikat had not committed the crime and police were attempting to frame him. The letter was written in Konkani (devanagari script) as Vikat had left studies after Class VIII and was not well-versed with the Queen's language.

The beautifully "written" letter was addressed to his younger sister even as he is more close to the elder sister. The letter reads as if he is trying to convince her that he has not committed the crime and everyone is out to frame him through false allegations. His sister said, "On February 4, he was badly beaten by some acquaintances in which his left hand was fractured and left shoulder was dislocated. He was taken to the Canacona Health Centre by 108 ambulance and from there he was referred to Hospicio Hospital Margao. Later, ulnar plating was done on his left fractured hand and a plate was fixed. He was then referred to GMC for surgery for the dislocated shoulder. His shoulder is not yet fully recovered." She asked, "how can he murder such a well-built girl when he can't even lift a half-filled bucket with his left hand." All of them were of the same opinion that, the girl should get justice and Vikat is not lying. If he has done this, he will confess. Transfer the case to CBI and increase the scope of enquiry all said in unison.

In the letter, Vikat has written that Danielle was with him on that fateful night and alleged that his three friends who came to the crime scene with the headlights of their two-wheelers switched off. After turning down deamds for the sexual favours asked, they sexually abused her and later killed her. He wrote that when he resisted, he was punched in the stomach. Normally a man of few words, he has written a 29-page letter explaining the details of the incidents that happened on the previous day and the day on which dead body of Danielle Mc Laughlin's body was found. This extensive letter has raised more questions than answers in the murder case. 









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