Only one arrest in British teenager’s murder: police

March 10th, 2008 - 7:25 pm ICT by admin  

Panaji, March 10 (IANS) Only one suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of British teenager Scarlette Keeling, a top police official said here Monday. “Only one person, a barman running a beach shack, Samson D’Souza, has been arrested. The media reports claiming four people have been arrested are false and misleading,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kishen Kumar told IANS.

Kumar said people were summoned to a police station for questioning and waiting media persons had jumped to the conclusion that they have been arrested.

“D’Souza has been arrested on the grounds that he was seen by a witness in a compromising position with the victim just two hours before her body was found,” the IGP said.

After preliminary investigations, a case of rape has been registered against the arrested man since Keeling was a minor, he added.

D’Souza, 28, was to be produced before a Goa court Monday evening.

The IGP however, refused to comment on the victim’s family demanding a CBI enquiry in the case claiming they had no faith on the Goa police.

“The police is doing its job and has been successful to some extent and it is for the government to decide whether to transfer the investigation,” he said.

Scarlette’s semi-naked body was found on Goa’s famous Anjuna beach three weeks ago.

Although the first autopsy report indicated that she had drowned, the second autopsy concluded that 15-year-old Scarlette was murdered.

The first post-mortem examination report had said there were three bruises on the victim’s body while the second report said there were around 50.

Scarlette from Devon was on a visit to India with her mother and siblings since last November.

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