Kamat rules out CBI probe into British girl's murder case

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Panaji, Mar 11 (UNI) Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today categorically ruled out institution of a CBI probe into the alleged 'rape and murder' of a British teenager Scarlett Keeling, whose body was found under suspicious circumstances at the Anjuna beach in north Goa on February 18.

''Goa police is competent enough to crack the case. With a senior and upright police officer monitoring the case, I am confident the police would go to the root of the case in two or three days,'' Mr Kamat told UNI this evening.

It may be recalled that the 15-year-old victim's mother, in her complaint to the Chief Minister yesterday, said she had lost confidence in the Goa police and demanded CBI probe into the episode.

She had also demanded launching of an administrative inquiry into the conduct of the police officials, who had tried to hush up the case since inception.

One person, who was allegedly seen in a compromising position with the victim the previous night of her death, was arrested in this connection. He was sent to police remand for 14 days yesterday for helping in investigation of the case.

Meanwhile, the police are trying to order conduct of the ''ossification test'' on the bones of the victim to corroborate her age, though they had primary evidence through the details in her passport.

''We do not understand why her mother is objecting the conduct of the test as it will further strengthen her case through scientific aids,'' the Inspector General of Police (Crime) Kishan Kumar said.

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