British Girl's murder case cracked: Police

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Panaji, Mar 13 (UNI) Goa Police claim to have solved the mystery behind the alleged rape and murder of British teenager Scarlette Keeling, with the arrest of then main suspect and a drug peddler in the state.

Placido Carvalho, alias Shanuboy was arrested last night for allegedly administering an overdose of drugs and then sexually abusing the 15-year-old girl. She was later drowned in shallow water, police said.

He is the second man to have been held in connection to this case that drew global media attention, eroding the image of Goa as a safe international tourist destination.

The suspect had made a vain attempt to secure anticipatory bail from a local court. He was arrested after a thorough interrogation.

The first suspect arrested was a bartender Samson D'Souza who was reportedly seen last with the victim.

Keeling's semi-clad body was found on the Anjuna Beach in North Goa on February 18 under suspicious circumstances.

Police did not rule out disciplinary action against few delinquent cops for trying to brush the case as mere death due to drowning.

It may be recalled that the victim's mother Fiona McKeown had written to Prime Minister seeking a CBI probe into the episode and exposing the police-drug cartel nexus in Goa that claimed her daughter.

Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat ruled out the CBI investigation.

Police registered the case of murder and rape after the doctors suspected foul play after conducting second autopsy.

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