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Ex-Merces sarpanch suicide: Wilson’s anticipatory bail plea dismissed

Panaji: The District and Sessions Court, Panaji, dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Wilson Godinho, who was among the two persons who were booked for alleged abetment of suicide of former sarpanch of Merces Prakash Naik.

One of the grounds for dismissal as mentioned in the order is that it is quite clear that the deceased was definitely under some kind of pressure applied by Godinho and Tahir.

“After having considered the rival arguments of both the parties and the case laws placed on record and the facts of the case, I am of the opinion that bail cannot be granted,” observed Irshad Agha, the Principal District and Sessions Judge, North Goa.

Referring to the note left by the deceased in the form of a WhatsApp message, Agha observed that it is quite clear that the deceased was definitely under some kind of pressure applied by the applicant (Godinho) and Tahir.

The judge observed that in the note, the deceased clearly mentions that he is tired of everything in his life because of applicant and Tahir and the reason of tiredness is harassment meted out to him. The judge said the words carry wide meaning because the deceased further states in the note that he has no further option other than to commit suicide.

“In his message, he also gives reason from where this harassment started. He also uses the word blackmail in his message which means it is the applicant and the co-accused who were blackmailing the deceased. He also uses the word pressure and says that he cannot handle the pressure and therefore committing suicide. He specifically pointed out to the applicant which says that this person should be responsible for his death. In his message he also refers to two persons who had helped him in his life,” the judge said.

He said that the note does not merely refer to name of one applicant but also refers to the pressure created by the applicant and the subject matter over which the pressure was created.

In his order, the judge observed that threats and pressure can be created directly or indirectly or by other means. “As per the complaint, this pressure was created before the time of incident. It does not mean that immediately at that point of time the applicant had to remain present near the deceased. Investigation is at preliminary stage and some time should be given to the IO to investigate into the matter,” said Agha in the order.

It may be noted that on January 19, the Old Goa police had booked Godinho and Tahir under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code following a complaint lodged by Akshaya Govekar, sister of Naik.

The former sarpanch was found dead at his residence at Voilem Bhat in Merces on January 17. Police said the post-mortem report confirmed that Naik died due to craniocerebral damage as a result of a ‘perforating firearm missile injury’.

According to the family members, before he was found dead, Naik had posted a message on a WhatsApp group. In the message, Naik had said that he was tired of everything, alleging that two persons had started harassing him. Naik said in the message that the two persons should be held responsible for his death.

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