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Government to blame for girl's death: VS

By Our Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, NOV. 14. The Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, today said that the Oommen Chandy Government could not in any way escape blame for the death of the prime witness and victim in the Kiliroor sex racket case.

At a press conference here, he said the State should be ashamed at the way the girl was exploited and "cruelly done to death". The developments leading to her death at the Kottayam Medical College Hospital on Saturday clearly showed why the Government too should be held responsible for it.

The teenaged unwed mother was the main threat to powerful people behind the sex racket. She could have provided the evidence to bring them to book. The Government was never sincere about keeping her alive, though her role as the prime witness in the case was seldom in doubt, Mr. Achuthanandan said.

He alleged that right from the beginning, the Government had been reluctant in proceeding earnestly with the investigations into the case. The court had come down heavily on the police for destroying certain key portions of the case diary. Only after the court expressed its displeasure over the conduct of the investigation did the Government constitute a special team to probe the case. But the special team too was evidently trying to shield the main culprits, he alleged.

Cover-up job

The Opposition leader said he had written two letters to the Chief Minister explaining why the people of the State believed that the police was intent on doing a cover-up job. The girl was learnt to have been taken to expensive resorts by the people behind the racket. Those so far booked as accused in the case are, however, ordinary persons who cannot afford the luxury of such resorts.

Certain big shots such as resort owners, television serial producers and high-level police officers were allegedly involved in the racket. None of them had been even questioned by the special police team. In fact, one of the officers in the team was implicated in similar cases in the past. A mobile phone the girl had been using too could have provided vital clues on those involved in the sex racket network. The probe is not known to have gone into the phone call records, he said.

He wondered how the girl, who gave birth to a child at the Kottayam Medical College Hospital without developing any complications, had suddenly taken ill. At whose behest was she discharged from the Medical College Hospital? How did her condition suddenly take a turn for the worse and why was she admitted to a private hospital?

When, finally, a special team of expert doctors was sent to examine her at the hospital, why did the Government not think it important to ensure the presence of a judicial officer there? He said the police had also made no breakthrough in investigating the suicide of a five-member family at Kaviyoor in Pathanamthitta district, which too was related to the same sex racket.

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