Panaji, Feb 4: In a new twist to the murder of two women in Vasco, which was believed to be the handiwork of contract killers, it has now emerged the kin of the deceased had herself planned and executed the crime to avenge the ill-treatment they meted out to her.
Police also suspect the accused, identified as Pratima Naik (27), drew inspiration from a television serial which is based on detection of crime.
Initially, it was believed that Naik got her mother-in- law Usha and sister-in-law Neha murdered at the hands of hired killers on Sunday night and orchestrated a fake attack on herself to mislead the police.
However, Inspector General of Police Sunil Garg told reporters today that Naik confessed during interrogation that she plotted the killings by taking a cue from a television serial.
The IG said the killings were premeditated as the accused had drugged both the women before strangulating them. Naik confessed to the murder saying she killed the women to avenge the ill-treatment meted out to her, Garg said.
Police have also recovered and seized gold worth Rs 10 lakh which Naik had allegedly stolen from the house and kept with a relative after the incident.
The relative, identified as Abhijit Korgaonkar who had helped the accused in hiding gold has also been arrested, Garg said.