Channel brings doctor's evidence against cops in teenager murder

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Panaji, Mar 12(UNI) The doctor who carried out the first post- mortem on the body of British teenage girl Scarlette said to have disclosed some distasteful details, according to a 'sting' by a TV channel .

This is in the backdrop of Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat defending the police saying he had confidence in the state police being able to crack the case in a few days.

''The new evidence has emerged of the alleged cover-up by the police in the rape and murder case of British teenager Scarlette Keeling,'' private channel CNN-IBN claimed while telecasting the 'sting' interview with the doctor.

The Goa police used the autopsy report to conclude that Scarlett had accidentally drowned, but the doctor said the report had clearly mentioned that the British teenager could have been murdered.

''The person who got the body is Mr Lakshya Amondkar. I spoke to him. After that, he went and informed his superior, who is Nerlon ( the police inspector). Between the two of them, something transpired,'' the doctor said.

''Whereas I had informed Mr Lakshya Amondkar that the manner in which the person had died, in the water, with injuries and drugs, chances are of it being homicide,'' he added.

The channel had also claimed to have gained access to signed statements by a witness, Max Bulgakov, who said he identified Scarlette on the beach.

Yet the doctor said he was told by by Nerlon Albuquerque, the sub-inspector at Anjuna, that the body was not identified. The doctor added that the police also concealed details of the witnesses.

''Immediately thereafter, who has come to identify her? With whom was she last seen? Take their details and produce all of them to me. Why? Because I have to exclude sexual intercourse or confirm sexual intercourse. One or two or seven people. Bring them before me. That was the material evidence. That is what he (Albuquerque) had to enter in the station diary,'' the doctor said.

To a question on whether he had got maerial evidence from them, the doctor cited his lack of cooperation.

The doctor's unwilling statement confirms what Scarlett's mother has been saying all along. But now the question being raised is why did Nerlon Alberquerque do this? That's something that the Police and Government will have to find an answer to, the channel concluded.

Meanwhile, the mother of the British teenager said she was worried at the possibility of police charging her with neglect for leaving her daughter alone.

Officials say there is a possibility of her arrest as under Goa's child protection laws, neglecting a minor is a serious offence. Such offences carry a prison term up to six months and a fine, the channel claimed.

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