Scarlett murder: Probe into Doctor's role

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Panaji, Mar 14: Goa government today ordered a thorough probe into the ''acts of commission and omission'' of a forensic expert who conducted the first autopsy on the body of British minor girl Scarlett keeling.

The Goa police had used the first autopsy report to conclude that Scarlett had accidentally drowned, but the doctor claimed to have said in his supplementary report the British teenager could have met with unnatural death due to rape and homicide, as confirmed in the second autopsy also. Chief Secretary J P Singh, also in charge of Home, told the sources that he had ordered the probe into the role of Dr Silvano Dias Sapeco, professor and head of the Foreisic Department, Goa Medical College and Hospital, for alleged lapses.

The government had already suspended Anjuna Police station house officer sub-inspector Nerlon Albuquerque pending departmental inquiry into the alleged ''lapses in the investigation of the Keeling case''.

The government was also investigating in the drug cartel angle linked to heavy drugging of the foreigner. The police was trying to trace the origin and distribution network of the drugs which include Ecstacy, opium, charas, LSD and cocaine.

The Goa police has a strong Anti-Narcotics cell headed by a Superintendent of Police with its intelligence network around the beaches.

The issue of the gory crime in this international tourist destination had echoed in Parliament yesterday with the victim's mother writing a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking a Central probe into Goa police-drug cartel nexus.

UNI

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