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Goa police arrests Rohit Monserratte

india Updated: Nov 04, 2008 20:08 IST

Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monserratte's son Rohit was on Tuesday arrested in connection with the rape of a German teenager after he surrendered the police.

Rohit, 21, had deposed before the police on November 1 and went into hiding, gave himself up to Calangute police station in-charge Tushar Vernekar this afternoon.

"Rohit was placed under arrest at 1510 hours as we have found variance in his statement on November 1 and today," Superintendent of Police (North) Bosco George told PTI.

Rohit, a MBA student, was accused by a German woman of raping her minor daughter on October 2.

Subsequently, she filed another complaint against State Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao's nephew Warren charging him with sexually exploiting the 14-year-old girl.

The girl, who was initially reluctant to depose or get herself medically examined, finally broke the silence on November 1 before the lady Judicial Magistrate.

The girl also got herself medically examined on November 2.

Police had launched a search operation for Rohit after he failed to appear before the police yesterday. After raiding two of his residences, Monserratte had assured the police that he would produce his son today.

Accordingly, Monserratte, along with his lawyer and son, reached Calangute police station in a red beacon car.

"My son is paying the price only because I am a politician," Monserratte told reporters outside Calangute police station.

The Education Minister, who is also booked for abetment of the crime, said he will the move heavens to prove that his son is innocent.

"I am convinced that he is innocent," he claimed.

Monserratte said the entire rape case "is just a frame- up" to pin him down.

"All legal brains will be brought where my son is involved," he said.

"Justice will prevail and truth will come out," he said.

Police sources said they have zeroed in on Rohit as the victim has not mentioned any other name in the statement.

"We are acting against those whom she has named in the statement," police official said.