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Slain UK tourist's family seeks labour MP's help

Parents of Stephen Bennett have enlisted the help of Labour MP of Goan origin, Keith Vaz, in their efforts to seek justice.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 09:19 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Parents of Stephen Bennett, the British tourist who was killed in a village near Mumbai in December, have enlisted the help of Labour MP of Goan origin, Keith Vaz, in their efforts to seek justice.

Carol Bennett, Stephen's father, hopes that Vaz could arrange a meeting with the Indian High Commissioner in London, Kamalesh Sharma, before the family leaves for India after their son's funeral.

Bennett told the media in Gloucester: "Mr Vaz is important because he's influential, experienced and has connections in India. We're looking at everything we possibly can.

"We're hoping to apply pressure on the police there so that we have a more thorough investigation, more accurate reporting and the avoidance of sensationalism."

Vaz, a former chairman of the Indo-British Group in parliament and had worked to help the family of Mohan Singh Biring, 59, from Leicester, who was murdered in Punjab in August 2005.

Vaz said: "I'm happy to help the Bennett family at their request during this difficult time."

Meanwhile, the Gloucestershire police said that say the force will extend support to the investigation if their counterparts in India seek their help. Detective inspector Steve Bean said: "Our involvement in the case has been minimal. We're working with the family in a supportive capacity but as yet we haven't been requested by the Foreign Office or the police in India to carry out any investigations."

First Published: Jan 13, 2007 09:19 IST

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