Goa minister slams police, seeks judicial probe in woman death

Goa Tourism Minister Fransisco Pacheco, who has been summoned by police and asked not to leave the state after his name was linked to the death of a woman here, Wednesday accused the police of "witch hunting".

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2010, 22:16 PM IST

Panaji: Goa Tourism Minister Fransisco
Pacheco, who has been summoned by police and asked not to
leave the state after his name was linked to the death of a
woman here, Wednesday accused the police of "witch hunting".

The NCP minister in the Congress-led government shot
off a letter to Chief Minister Digamber Kamat this evening,
complaining of witch hunting and harassment by the police.

"I am writing this letter to complain about the witch
hunting, which the Goa police has indulged in to unnecessarily
harass me and my family," Pacheco said.

The minister has been summoned in connection with the
death of Nadia Torrado (28), who allegedly consumed poison.

Pacheco has described Torrado as "a good family friend
and a close friend".

"Despite the fact that her entire family, including
her husband, have time and again given statements before
various authorities, including the Sub-Divisional Magistrate,
that Nadia accidentally consumed poison and they do not hold
anyone responsible for her death, the police have been witch
hunting and traumatising the family," he said in the letter.

Demanding a judicial probe into her death, Pacheco
said he has lost faith in uprightness of Goa police.

"It is evident that police force is acting at the
instance of some vested interests in the government who have
been always inimical to me," Pacheco, who has been in the past
accused of threatening a casino operator, said.

PTI