Liga murdered after rape: Police
Thiruvananthapuram: The police have found that Latvian lady Liga was murdered after raping her. The arrest of Kovalam Vazhamuttam natives Umesh and Udayan, in connection with the murder, will be recorded this afternoon. Both are under police custody now. They have confessed to the crime two days ago. The arrest was delayed as it took a while to sync the evidences which prove their involvement in the case.
Liga went missing since March 14 from Dharma Ayurveda resort in Pothencode. Later she was found in the grove beach in Kovalam on the same day. She reached there in an auto rickshaw and later went to the premises of Panathura temple. Udayan and Umesh met Liga from there. They offered ganja to her and also promised to show the sights in the place.
They took Liga in a fiber boat to the mangroves at Vazhamuttam, from where they used drugs. The murder was committed after 5.30 pm, say police. Police confirmed that Liga was raped before murder and the confirmation by police comes after the forensic and chemical examination reports were received. It was found that Udayan’s jacket was found on the body of Liga. And also the hair strands found from the mangroves was identified to be of the culprits.
In the beginning, the culprits had given misleading statements to the police that they had not seen Liga but later corrected that they had seen the dead body. Umesh refused to confess, whereas a revelation by Udayan resolved the mystery in the crime. Udayan had confessed that he convinced Liga that they were going for boating and took her to the mangroves.
Also they had told the police that Liga was there in the mangroves for two days. One of the persons taken into custody had said that they had an argument with Liga over the money to be paid for drug. As Liga had only Rs 100 with her, he pushed her down and left the place and is clueless about what had happened later.