Home minister’s son not involved in Scarlett murder: Goa Police

October 18th, 2008 - 12:18 am ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Oct 17 (IANS) The Goa Police Friday said that Home Minister Ravi Naik’s son Roy Naik was not involved in the murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling. “We have investigated the case and Roy Naik does not figure in it,” Superintendent of Police Bosco George told reporters.

A complaint received by the police Thursday had sought its intervention into Roy’s alleged involvement in two murders involving British citizens. The complaint filed by Anwar Shaikh of the Green Goa Foundation, quoting reports in Britain’s Daily Mail, had claimed that Roy was involved in the murders of teenager Scarlett Keeling and Stephen Bennett.

George said he could not comment on the Bennett case because it was being investigated by the Maharashtra Police. Bennett, who was holidaying in Goa, was found hanging from a tree at Roha in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district. His sister Amanda has been claiming that he was the victim of the narcotics network active in Goa in which a powerful Goan politician was involved. Similar charges were also made by Fiona Mackeown, the mother of deceased teenager Scarlett Keeling, who was found dead on Anjuna beach in February this year.

Mackeown had claimed that Ravi Naik and the police department were both linked to the narcotics lobby, which was trying to cover up her daughter’s murder.

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