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Lithuanian woman, who went missing in Kerala, died due to blunt injuries on neck: Police

The death of Liga Skromene, whose body was found in a mangrove forest with her severed head, could be a case of murder.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2018 20:58 IST
PTI, Thiruvananthapuram
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Liga’s husband Andrews and sister Ilze and had identified the body by the clothes and hair and had demanded a high-level probe into the circumstances leading to her death(ANI Photo)

Lithuanian tourist Liga Skromene, whose decomposed body was found from a deserted mangrove forest in Kerala, died following ‘blunt injuries’ in the neck, police said.

This was stated in the post-mortem report handed over to the Investigating Officer on Saturday evening, they said.

The cause of death is blunt injuries in the neck, a senior police official told PTI.

Asked if it was a case of murder, he said “it could be.”

The forensic report was yet to be received, he said.

Liga’s body, with her head severed, was found on April 21 from Thiruvallam near Kovalam.

On Friday, city police commissioner P Prakash had said that one reason for her death could be ‘manual strangulation’.

Thirty three-year-old Liga, who had come to Kerala for ayurvedic treatment for depression, had gone missing from Kovalam on March 14.

Ilze, the victim’s sister, told a Malayalam television channel that Liga may have been taken to the deserted spot from where her body was recovered by somebody using drugs.

‘Somebody using drugs, took her’, she said.

Ilze also rubbished reports that Aswati Jwala, a social acivist who was helping her had taken money from her or raised money in Liga’s name.

“That is totally false’, Ilze said.

Meanwhile, IGP Manoj Abraham visited the mangrove forest from where Liga’s body was recovered and held discussions with police officials.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 20:58 IST