Police have finally officially conceded what Herald had first reported serial killer Mahanand Naik did make harassing phone calls to the lone surviving victim of rape from Aguada Central Jail. The official inquiry has revealed that the cell phone’s SIM number was procured by submitting forged documents.
Calangute police, inquiring into the issue, have confirmed that Mahanand made calls to his victim, a recently released prisoner and other persons from Vodafone number: 8806482656. Shockingly, a section of the media had carried Mahanand’s version denying his involvement in the calls.
Inspector Nolaso Raposo said the mobile tower locations showed that calls were made from the jail premises.
“We have clinching evidence against Mahanand showing his direct involvement in the case. Not just his victim but he also made calls to a person who was recently released from the prison and his other contacts. We are probing all these,” Raposo told Herald.
The man, whose identity is presently under wraps, confessed during police interrogation that Mahanand would call him from his prison cell asking to send Rs 500. “The man said he never delivered the cash to Mahanand,” the officer added.
A case under sections 66 (C) and 66 (B) of IT (Amended) Act 2008 has been registered against serial killer, who till date has a string of eight acquittals out of 18 cases booked against him while three convictions are on appeal in the High Court of Bombay at Goa.
Herald had first reported on December 5, 2012 that Mahanand was making multiple calls and raining SMSes on the cell phone of 26-year-old victim. Suspicion now narrows down to jail officials as police smell nexus between the jail authorities and prison inmates.
Three separate cases have been registered at Calangute, Ponda and Mapusa police stations in this regard. Mapusa-resident Wilfred Savio Rodrgiues, in whose name the SIM card is registered, has lodged a complaint of forgery.
Raposo said they are probing to find out who registered and procured the SIM card using forged documents. While the cell phone along with the SIM is yet to be traced and attached, the Prisons Department is inspecting all jail cells for any banned items. [H]