Mahanand finally convicted in 1 murder case

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 30 May 2011 23:13 IST

After consistent seven acquittals, serial Dupatta killer Mahanand Naik was finally convicted in one case.

North Goa Principal Sessions Judge Nutan Sardesai held him guilty for the murder of a 32-year-old Susheela Fatarpekar of Curca at Bambolim in 2007.

The same judge had earlier acquitted him in December last year in the murder cases of Darshana Naik (21) and Sunita Gaonkar (31), giving him benefit of doubt.

The judgement also stated that Mahanand flew away with her gold ornaments after she was killed.

The victim’s sister had filed a complaint against Mahanand at the Agassaim police station on 19 May  two years ago about Susheela’s abduction on 12 October in 2007, stating that he wants to marry her.  

The chargesheet stated that Mahanand took her to an isolated spot behind Goa University library and killed her by strangulating her with her own dupatta.

Her body was thrown in the bushes, after removing her gold ornaments.

Mahanand was booked for abduction to kill, murder, robbery and destruction of evidence.

Public prosecutor Sarojani Sardinha examined 21 witnesses. Ponda-based goldsmith Mukund Rivankar, one of the prime witnesses, deposed that Mahanand had sold the gold ornaments to him, stating that he was in need of money for his daughter’s medical treatment.

The police also recovered part of the gold in the melted form.

Mahanand has already been convicted in a rape case. However, this is first conviction in the murder case.

The serial dupatta killer was arrested on 20 April in 2009 after the lone surviving victim complained of rape.

The custodial interrogation by Ponda PI C L Patil however had revealed the shocking incidents of serial killings by Mahanand, around 16 murders in 15 years since 1995.

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