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One held for British girl's death in Goa

Earlier, the Goa police had filed a case of murder following a second autopsy on the body of the girl who was found dead on a beach.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Panaji
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2008 10:44 PM IST

One person was arrested on Sunday in connection with the death of a 15-year-old British girl, who was found dead on a beach in Panaji. Goa police had filed a case of murder following a second autopsy on her body.

"We have arrested one person and more arrests will be made soon," Inspector General of Police Kishan Kumar told PTI.

The state police had earlier in the day detained three persons in the connection of murder of British teenager Scarlette Eden Keeling.

While police had throughout maintained that the case was that of accidental death, a second autopsy report has changed the course of investigation with police registering the death as murder.

Scarlette was found dead on Goa's popular Anjuna Beach on February 18 in semi-nude condition. Her family members suspect that she was raped and murdered.

After the media focus and political lobbying, the state government had ordered a second autopsy which recommended that the death to be investigated as "murder."

The second autopsy into the death of the girl showed she had received over 50 bruises, as against the first autopsy report which showed five bruises on her body. The second autopsy showed half of the 50-odd bruises the girl had on her body were ante-mortem.

"We have registered the case under 302 of IPC which means we are probing her death as a murder," North Goa Superintendent of Police Bosco George told PTI.

George, along with the team officials including investigating officer Braz Menezes, rounded up three suspects in the afternoon.

The police are on look out for four more persons who were seen with the deceased girl a few hours before her death.

A shack owner, at whose outlet Scarlette was partying along with other boys on the fateful night, was interrogated by the police, police sources said.

Police said they are probing in detail and will link the whole sequence leading to Scarlette's death.

IGP Kishan Kumar said the investigations were carried out based on the first autopsy report. "Why did the doctors not then tell the police about the bruises and possibility of homicide," Kumar shot back replying to a question during a press conference this afternoon.

The IGP, however, could not reply as to why the case was shifted from one officer to another if investigations were on proper track. "I don't know anything about it. I was on leave and joined just two days back," Kumar said.

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