Raids at Pacheco`s house, aide cries foul- overwrite existing report

Police Friday raided the residence of absconding Fransisco Pacheco and issued a look-out notice against his aide and co-accused Lyndon Monteiro.

Last Updated: Jun 11, 2010, 23:33 PM IST

Panaji: Police Friday raided the residence
of absconding Fransisco Pacheco and issued a look-out notice
against his aide and co-accused Lyndon Monteiro, who claimed
the former Goa minister has been falsely implicated in the
case relating to the death of his woman friend.

"Seven computers have been confiscated after a team led
by inspector Tushar Vernekar conducted extensive search of
Pacheco`s residence in Betalbhatim village (40 km from here),"
a top official said.

Pacheco had to step down as tourism minister and is on
the run after his name was involved in the death of 28-year-
old Nadia Torrado. Crime branch has already named Pacheco,
along with Monteiro, as accused in the case.

Pacheco has been accused of culpable homicide and
destroying evidence, while Monteiro is accused of assisting
Pacheco in destroying the evidence.

Nadia, who allegedly consumed poison on May 15 at her
residence in Loutolim village 30 km from here, died on May 30
at a private hospital in Chennai.

Police also a issued look-out notice against Monteiro,
who is missing since June 6.

A sessions court in Margao has rejected the
anticipatory bail plea of Monteiro and Pacheco. Monteiro has
approached the high court with his anticipatory bail plea,
which would be heard on Monday.

In his bail plea, Monteiro said Pacheco has been
falsely implicated in the case as he had demanded
investigation into the involvement of a senior politician`s
son in the police-drug peddler nexus case.

"It is pertinent to note that recently Fransisco
Pacheco, in his capacity as tourism minister, had written a
letter to the Chief Minister (Digambar Kamat) about rampant
use of drugs in Goa, the police and political nexus with the
drug dealers and its affect on tourism," the petition reads.

Pacheco had also called upon Kamat to probe into the
involvement of the son of a influential politician in the drug
racket, he said.

"The same was not liked by the other cabinet
colleagues who are trying to cover up and save the said
politician`s son as is also evident from the recent statements
made by chief minister himself," Monteiro claimed.

He said "the death of Nadia Torrado is therefore being
used as an issue to nail the minister and falsely implicate
him, who has since resigned and has even been replaced by a
new person".

Meanwhile, police said they will interrogate an
Orissa-based woman, who worked as maid servant at Nadia`s
residence here to unearth further evidence in the death case.

Nadia`s family had three maids working at their place
and only one of them was present when she allegedly committed
suicide, police said, adding, this maid servant could be a key
witness in this case.

PTI