Vasco child rape: All 'Montys' summoned

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 03, 2013 16:37 hrs

Panaji, Feb 03 (IBNS) The special investigation team of Goa crime branch, probing the brutal rape of a seven year old in the school toilet, is compiling a list of names of those persons who are called by "Monty" name.

Summonses will be issued to all Montys in the state to appear before the 20-member investigation team. "Anyone by name, surname or even nickname is called Monty will be called for recording statements to verify their links in the rape case," a high ranking officer said.

The police have made futile efforts to trace whereabouts of the prime accused even 20 days after the incident that rattled the state questioning protection of children and women in the otherwise 'safe Goa'.

The government, in the recently concluded legislative assembly session, explained that police is making 'sincere efforts' to establish the identity of the accused.

As police continue their probe a new theory surfaced whether one or two persons were involved in the crime also as police released two different sketches. The department is in strong denial of difference, though.

"From the examination of all staff of the primary school it is prima facie revealed that the suspect was first spotted at about 10-10:05 am by a teacher and computer teacher while he was climbing up the stairs of the main entrance (school). He was thereafter located by another teacher on the steps to the annexure building," investigation details, which in brief was tabled in the House stated.

The man was produced before Headmistress Sharlet Furtado who asked him his presence in the CISF-manned premises to which he muttered "Monty" "Monty" indicting he was looking out for a person by this name.

It has been learnt that he began sending SMSes to someone from his mobile phone. The headmistress asked him to leave the premise as there was no person by name Monty in the school.

"At about 10:34am, the suspect was again seen from a distance of about 15 meters by another teacher of Class I-C peeping in the classroom of Class II-A. The recess bell rang and all students ran out of the class and the suspect was seen moving away. He then committed the shameless act," the investigation documents said.

The investigation also disclosed that the headmistress directed the class teacher of Class II-A to bathe the victim "to avoid infections". Accordingly, the teacher, whose name is not mentioned in the case papers, took the victim in the office toilet where she washed her private parts and panty.

Mormugao police had arrested the headmistress for criminal negligence of duty and destruction of evidence.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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