Kerala police suspect drug peddlers behind Latvian tourist's death

South India

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The mystery over the death of Latvian woman Liga Skromene is likely to be cleared soon with the Kerala police finding increasing evidence to suspect fouls play in her death.

The 33-year-old Latvian national had come to Kerala along with her sister Ilze Skromene for ayurvedic treatment for depression. She was found missing from Dharma Ayurvedic and Healing Centre at Pothencode in Thiruvananthapuram from March 14.

Her body was found in a decomposed condition in a deserted mangrove bush near famed the Kovalam beach resort on April 20. The evidence gathered by the police so far indicated the chances of murder. They are awaiting the post mortem report for confirmation.

Police suspects local drug gangs behind her murder. Nagendra, a local ferry man at Thiruvallam near Kovalam told the police that the agents of the gang used to frequent area with foreign tourists. Some of these agents have been under the police observation.

Reports said that the police had received clear information about two persons behind the death and arrests in the case will be made within two days.

The incident had brought disrepute to the Kerala with reports in national and international media blaming the government for its failure to take prompt on the complaints lodged by Ilz about the disappearance of her sister. Ilz believes that her life could have been saved if the police had conducted an effective search following their complaints.

There has been strong demand for installing visual surveillance systems on the beach to monitor the movements of tourists and the presence of anti-social elements including drug peddlers in the area.


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