Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said on Tuesday that he had received a representation from a south Goa-based women's organisation demanding a probe and action against a person responsible for the death of Joelle Nadia Torrado, 27, a south Goa-based woman.
Replying to a question at a press conference, Mr. Kamat said the police were investigating and he would not comment till the probe was over.
Ms. Torrado died on Saturday at the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, where she was admitted in a serious condition after she consumed rodent poison a few days ago at her residence in Goa. The police had initially registered a case of attempt to suicide.
“We will now have to investigate other aspects like what drove her to attempt suicide and other relevant issues,” said a senior police official in Margao.
A second post-mortem was conducted at the Government hospital in south Goa on Tuesday as ordered by the south Goa Magistrate since Ms. Torrado's first autopsy, carried out by forensic experts at a Government hospital in Chennai on Monday, did not reveal much, according to sources.
Asked whether he would sack a south Goa Minister — who was said to be known to Ms. Torrado — as demanded by the Bharatiya Janata Party and women's organisations, Mr. Kamat said he could not take action till the police report was out.
A campaign by women's groups led by the Margao-based ‘Sabera' has pointed fingers at the senior non-Congress Minister of being responsible for the death. Mukta Naik, president of the BJP Mahila Morcha, Goa, demanded that the Minister be sacked.
The mother of Ms. Torrado, at a press conference on Tuesday, accused the police of harassing their family and threatened to approach the Human rights Commission. The police have denied the charge.