Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Latvian tourist on Kerala visit drugged, raped before murder; 2 arrested

Latvian tourist on Kerala visit drugged, raped before murder; 2 arrested

"The accused thought they will be able to give it an impression of suicide if they left the body hanging".

The woman's sister who was disappointed with the earlier investigation says the police have done their best. They then offered her weed and took her to an isolated spot. Her body was found with her head severed on April 20. "Umesh, who did odd jobs (such as catering and plucking coconuts), was a school dropout and has 13 cases against him for petty offences, including causing grievous hurt; Udayan has six cases against him".

According to the police, the Latvian woman, who was suffering from depression, was murdered on the same day - March 14 - of her disappearance from an Ayurveda treatment centre at Pothencode, a few kilometers away from Thiruvanantha-puram, where she was admitted for therapy on February 14.

According to police, both Udayan and Umesh are involved in drug trafficking. "We've gathered enough circumstantial and scientific evidence to nail the accused, and are confident they will be convicted", the officer said. The above persons had enticed her, drugged her by using ganja and abused her sexually.

Dinil said, "Post the murder, the accused continued to live in the same locality as they were confident no one would reach the crime spot". Though the police claim the culprits have been arrested, several links in the chain are yet to be identified, he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Ilze, Liga's sister has said on Wednesday that the cremation of Liga will be held at Shanti Kavadam here on Thursday evening.

Inspector General of Police Manoj Abraham, who led the probe team, said the accused will be presented in a court in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday for remand.

"I am aware of the police investigations and they have been in touch with me. I am satisfied with what they are doing, and don't want to delve into the past", Ilze told the media. She added, "My sister loved Kerala and received a lot of love and support". "It will be a tribute to her life", the woman's sister was quoted as saying by NDTV. "We don't want to leave India with bad memories".

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