Late Cipriano Fernandes’ girlfriend Georgina Nunes while deposing before the Judicial Magistrate First Class reiterated that Cipriano died due to the beating he received from the police and further stated that police had tried to pressurize her to retract her statement.
Deposing before the JMFC after giving quite a few hearings a miss on medical grounds, she said that after she had given her statement to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Police Constable Sandip Shirvaikar visited her at her residence and asked her to change her statement.
Georgina affirmed before the JMFC that Cipriano died due to the beating received from the police, who she said had started thrashing him from the time he was picked up at Porvorim and even beat him in the jeep while transporting him to Panjim.
Further she said that police personnel including constable Shirvaikar dragged an unconscious Cipriano to the police station at Panjim and dumped him in a room next to the Police Inspector’s cabin.
Although Georgina had recorded similar statements before the Sub-Divisional Magistrate and State Police Complaints Authority, she vacillated while deposing before the Judicial Magistrate First Class and skipped a few hearings on medical grounds.
She appeared before the JMFC on Wednesday after a bailable warrant was issued against her.