Even as Dr. Silvano Sapeco, Head of Goa Medical College’s Forensic Department repeated his deposition regarding the cause of Cipriano’s death before the State Police Complaints Authority, Police Inspector Sandesh Chodankar claimed that Cipriano did not suffer from any head injury.
Dr. Sapeco deposing before the State Police Complaints Authority repeated the earlier deposition before the Judicial Magistrate First Class by stating that two injuries on the head – one in the middle portion and the other on the left portion – were individually and collectively responsible for the death.
He said that the impact of a blunt and elongated object had caused external injuries identified as 6 and 7 in the post mortem report, which in turn caused internal damage to the brain.
However, Sandesh Chodankar who is since suspended from service, appearing before the JMFC said the CT scan done immediately after Cipriano was admitted to the hospital, did not show any head injury and has sought leave to cross examine the forensic expert.
The suspended police inspector while stating that Cipriano underwent a CT scan soon after he was admitted to GMC on 8th January, however admitted that he did not have the scan report.
He argued that since the CT scan did not show any injury, Cipriano must have suffered the injury during the 18 hours he was undergoing treatment at Goa Medical College.
It may be pertinent to point out that according to eye-witnesses, a nearly lifeless body of Cipriano was taken from the Panjim Police Station at around noon on 8th January in an ambulance and he died at GMC Hospital at around 6 am on 9th January.
In another twist to this sordid saga, the suspended police inspector who had sought police protection on Sunday claiming that two persons tried to trespass into his house and search for him has named persons responsible for exposing the police excesses as his suspects.
He has named Kenneth Silveira, a crucial eye-witness to the police brutality as Kenneth has already deposed seeing the horrible treatment meted out to Cipriano at the police station which he had visited on 8th January.
Kenneth has deposed that Cipriano was lying lifeless with froth coming out of his mouth and that is clothes were torn and further a police personnel kicked him hard to check whether he was alive or dead.
The other suspect named by the suspended police inspector is Jowett D’Souza who has moved the courts after the Agassaim police refused to register a case of murder.
Besides Sandesh Chodankar, Police Sub Inspector Rajesh Ramnathkar and Head Constable Sandip Shirvaikar have been placed under suspension after the departmental enquiry conducted by Deputy Superintendent of Police Bossuet da Silva found them guilty of procedural lapses.
Sub Divisional Magistrate Sabaji Shetye is conducting another enquiry to ascertain whether Cipriano’s death was a custodial death and the JMFC is hearing the petition filed by Jowett D’Souza.