Goa police to tighten lose ends in serial killer case: Naik

Panaji: Learning lessons from the frequent acquittals of alleged serial killer Mahanand Naik, Goa police have decided to tighten the lose ends in rest of the cases chargesheeted against him.

Naik, 30, booked for 14 murders of young women was acquitted in first three cases by the local court by giving him benefit of doubt.

State Home Minister Ravi Naik today said that the department is studying all three orders and if require will file supplementary additional chargesheet in other cases.

"We need to study the grounds for acquittal," he said.

The serial killer, a former rickshaw driver, shocked the state after he confessed of putting to death 14 women in the span of 15 years.

Mahanand, a married man, used to lure the women with a promise to marry them and later kill them with their dupatta, mostly after having sex with them on isolated places.

The Home Minister said that the police have fairly done good investigation in all the cases but since they were being investigated by different police inspectors, there were some loopholes.

Naik said that the cases booked in Ponda police station will end up in convictions as they are water tight and have ample evidence to prove Mahanand guilty.

Mahanand has been acquitted in cases related to murder of Nirmala Amolkar, Bhagu Upaskar and Surat Gaonkar.