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Second autopsy ready, police to probe 'homicide'

india Updated: Mar 08, 2008 23:31 IST

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The police on Saturday said they would investigate a 'homicide angle' in the death of British teenager Scarlette Eden Keeling irrespective of the second autopsy findings, which were allegedly kept under wraps.

"We will continue our investigation from homicide angle, which we have been doing right from day one. It was the girl's family which was apprehensive about our investigations and asked for the second autopsy," North Goa SP Bosco George told PTI.

Scarlette, 15, was mysteriously found dead on Goa's popular Anjuna beach on February 18. Her family members had contended foul play in her death pointing to the bruises on her body.

Her mother, Fiona Mackowen had alleged rape and murder of her daughter and had demanded for the second autopsy after meeting Chief Minister Digamber Kamat.

The doctors attached to the Goa government-run Goa Medical College and Hospital finished their six-hour-long second autopsy this evening and the report was dispatched to police and sub-divisional magistrate MV Khorjuvekar who had conducted inquest on girl's body.

"I am yet to receive the report and we will be able to comment only after we go through the details," George maintained throughout the evening.

Khorjuvekar, refused to comment, saying he was awaiting report. "Today is Saturday, you cannot expect me to be in office," Khorjuvekar told Scarlette's family members today applied for the autopsy copy with the SP north.

"I have submitted the application. The police have to give one copy to her mother as it is her right to get it," Scarlette's family friend and Supreme Court advocate Vikram Varma said.

The British family has decided to keep Scarlette's body in the GMCH morgue till the report is made available.

"We are not trying to pressurise the investigating machinery by not shifting the body. We don't want to transport it to Davon, UK, only because the body might be required for further investigation. Once the report is clear, we will shift the body," Varma said.

Meanwhile, a special meeting, chaired by Bosco George, was held at coastal Calangute police station, which was attended by all top officials who discussed the future probe in the case.

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