Panaji: Alleged serial killer Mahanand Naik
was today acquitted in the murder case of a 35-year-old woman
by a local court here, giving him relief in fourth out of 16
murder cases registered against him.
Mahanand (40) was acquitted for lack of evidence by a
sessions court of murdering Shakuntala Kavthankar in 2005.
Police had claimed that Mahanand had killed Kavthankar at
Cuncolim village, 25 km from here. Mahanand had allegedly
confessed of killing the woman on December 30, 2005 by
The victim was a saleswoman staying at Haturli, Mayem
village and the alleged killer had befriended her, they said.
This is the fourth murder acquittal in a row for
Mahanand, who was convicted for seven years imprisonment for
raping his wife`s friend.
He was exposed after a 23-year-old girl complained of a
rape against him.
During investigation, Mahanand allegedly confessed to his
crimes in the temple town of Ponda.