Dead Latvian tourist’s kin to seek justice from Kerala CM

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Thiruvananthapuram, April 22 (IANS) The sister of a missing Latvian tourist, whose body was found near Kovalam, said on Sunday that they would meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday to seek a proper probe into the incident.

The body of Liga Skromane, 33, was on Saturday found in a highly decomposed state near Kovalam. Her sister Ilzie identified the body, police said.

Liga had gone missing last month from here.

“Yes, we are going to meet the Chief Minister tomorrow (Monday) and we will seek a probe by the crime department or a special investigation team into what happened to my sister,” Ilzie told the media, adding that she had also sought the help of the Latvian government in the case.

To the shock of both the bereaved family and police, the head was found lying away from the rest of the body, in a marshy spot near Kovalam.

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Even though Ilzie and Andrew — the partner of Liga — came and identified the body, the police are now waiting for the DNA test results for confirmation.

The autopsy was conducted on Saturday at the medical college hospital here and the body has been kept at its mortuary.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government has announced an ex-gratia payment of five lakh rupees to the family of Liga and the Department of Kerala Tourism has informed Ilzie that the state government would bear the expenses of transporting the body to their home country.

It was late on Friday that fishermen found the body in a highly decomposed state and alerted the police.

The place from where the body was recovered is known to be frequented by small-time drug-peddlers, and empty bottles, cigarettes and a lighter have been recovered from the site.

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Liga had come to Kerala along with her sister Ilzie for Ayurvedic treatment at a hospital on the outskirts of the capital city following complaints of depression.

She, however, went missing on March 14 and was last reported to have taken an auto-rickshaw ride to a tourist destination at Kovalam. She was not carrying a passport or mobile phone with her at that time.

–IANS

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