Ten months after the crime branch registered a complaint against former tourism minister Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco for the death of Nadia Torrado, sleuths are yet to recover Nadia’s mobile phones, laptop and passport, besides the weapon of assault.
In his report on the investigations into the death of Pacheco’s “close friend”, SP (crime) Mangaldas Dessai said, “The two mobile phones, laptop and passport which the deceased Nadia Torrado was using are yet to be recovered. The weapon of assault is also still to be recovered.”
Dessai’s report was in reply to a question tabled by opposition leader Manohar Parrikar on the status of the investigation.
Dessai said that during investigations, physical, circumstantial and scientific evidences were collected. “Statements of witnesses have been recorded. Incriminating articles-five mobile phone sets, three SIM cards, eight CPUs and one laptop -have also been attached under panchanama and have been sent to FSL, Hyderabad, for analysis. Their report is awaited,” Dessai stated.
Nadia, 28, died on May 30 last year in a hospital in Chennai after allegedly consuming ratol paste (rat poison) at her residence in Loutolim in South Goa on May 15.
She was taken to a private hospital in Margao by Pacheco and from there shifted to the Jupiter Hospital in Mumbai’s Thane district. For further treatment and a liver transplant she was shifted to Apollo Hospital, Chennai, where she died.
The first postmortem conducted in Chennai said Nadia died due to “poisoning and its complications, with multiple contusions”. It also noted 14 injuries on her body, of which 10 were contusions caused by a blunt object like a wooden log or similar hard object and were 12 to 16 days old.
A second postmortem was conducted in Goa by a panel of doctors who reserved opinion on the cause of death as the viscera report is pending.
While the Police claimed to have charged Pacheco with culpable homicide while his then OSD Lyndon Monteiro has been accused of destroying evidence. They have not yet filed a formal charge sheet against them.