Goa police today claimed that eight out of ten dead bodies found across the state in the span of three days were murders, and said it has made an important breakthrough in at least four deaths with the arrest of a man in this connection.
In a late night operation, police arrested a slum-dweller, Babu Reddy, and detained some others for questioning in connection with the killing a family of four including a 35-year-old woman who was also sexually abused before the murder.
"The gang involved in petty theft of scrapped material murdered all the four including two kids when they resisted the rape of the woman," Superintendent of Police Atmaram Deshpande told reporters today.
While Deshpande refused to divulge the name of the arrested person, a senior police officer confirmed that one Babu Reddy was arrested after a search operation in hutments at Chimbel, an area notorious for allegedly sheltering goons, adjacent to Panaji city.
Replying to a question, Deshpande ruled out any link of the arrested person to other killings.
"Other gang members were detained and interrogated by a special team of officers," he said.
"The family of four were rag pickers and the gang had come to rob the scrap. They tried to sexually abuse the woman when they found her scantily clad and when others objected, they were hit to death," the SP said.