Mahnanand acquitted in 5th murder case

PTI, PANAJI | 13 November 2010 21:10 IST

Alleged serial killer Mahanand Naik was acquitted in the fifth consecutive case of murder charge-sheeted against him, by a local court in Panaji today.

Mahanand, 40, was given benefit of doubt by principal sessions Judge Nutan Sardesai after hearing string of arguments by the prosecution.

The dead body of Kesar Naik, 33, was found at Sanvordem town and she was found to be killed by strangulation in June, 2007. A modus operandi, police alleged, Mahanand used to murder girls.

Mahanand, who was initially arrested for raping his wife's friend last year, has confessed of killing 16 women over a period of 15 years.

Police, however, have failed to get a conviction for him in last five murder cases.

He was convicted for seven years imprisonment for raping a 23-year-old girl, who was his wife's friend.

Acquitting Mahanand in Kesar murder case, the judge ruled that the prosecution failed to produce sufficient evidence against him proving his involvement in the case.

The case against Mahanand also got weakened with Central Forensic Laboratory at Hyderabad failed to get DNA test on the bones, which were recovered from the murder site.

Police had claimed that Mahanand had killed the girl to rob her of the jewellery.

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The justice system works when concrete evidence is at hand, therefore, the trail having gone cold, has no effect. Only earliest prompt investigation and follow up can be fruitful in gathering evidence. The investigation agencies should be left alone to do proper work without interference, political or otherwise and most of all prudence onn the part of the investigating agencies, a must. It is a sorry state of all that has happened we must endure, for now.

- Ludovico, Old-Goa | 20 th November 2010 13:20

 

to the all the judges and their verdict of law:

you will find how the public takes law in their hands very soon his next case will be a dramatic challenge.

borim junction will a reason to believe. very soon.

we don't and will never believe in the law hence forth.They were our dear ones who got murdered a nd not dear to the judges hence we will take care of him ourselves.and don't come to ask for votes we will chase you all like no one has done it before.

- vinayak, shiroda | 19 th November 2010 11:15

 

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