Russian authorities demand thorough probe into Goa rape case

Panaji: Russia has demanded a thorough inquiry into the alleged rape of its national by a Goa politician and accusations of her harassment by the local police.

In a letter to Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat dated December 7, 2009, a copy of which is with PTI, the Consulate General of Russian Federation in Mumbai asked the Chief Minister to direct the authorities to investigate the crime, punish the guilty and keep him posted about the results.

The letter said the incident "spoils the image of Goa as a safe place for tourists".

The letter signed by Consul General Alexander Mantytsky listed the sequence of events before and after the rape of the 25-year-old Russian and said the police had threatened her that her visa would be cancelled if a complaint was lodged against the accused John Fernandes, a high-profile politician.

The Consul General noted that "next day (after the rape) when she went to Colva police station (on December 2), policemen asked her not to do so (lodge the complaint) because Fernandes was a local politician and any attempt to investigate the case would be useless."

"Police also registered the case under section 354 (assault) of IPC and warned her that if she did not change the rape charges, she would lose her job," the letter said.