Mahanand acquitted in two more murder cases

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 01 December 2010 12:48 IST

"Dupatta killer" Mahanand Naik was acquitted once again, this time in two more murder cases, on benefit of doubt.

This is the seventh case he has been acquitted so far. Earlier, he was acquitted in five cases.

Mahanand, a rickshaw driver, has been booked for killing 16 women spanning 15 years from 1995. However, he has not been convicted in a single murder case, seven among 16 heard till date.

His serial killings came to light when he was arrested in a rape case last year. He has been convicted with seven-year imprisonment in this rape case. He had raped 23-year old girl, who was his wife’s friend.

Principal Session Judge Nutan Sardesai acquitted him today in the murder cases of Darshana Naik (21) and Sunita Gaonkar (31), giving him benefit of doubt.

Darshana was killed in 1994 and Sunita in 2003.

Mahanand had allegedly killed Darshana at Bambolim in September 1994. Her body was found abandoned near GMC.

In Sunita’s case of 2003, her dead body is yet to be found.

In most of the cases, Mahanand had promised these girls to get married, taken them to secluded places, strangulated them to death with the dupatta these girls were wearing and robbed them of their gold ornaments.

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