40 held for playing loud music in defiance of orders

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Panaji, Mar 17 (UNI) As many as 40 people have been arrested for playing loud music at different beaches where shops have been asked not to operate beyond 2300 hrs.

The police, meanwhile, have intensified vigil on the beaches during the night in the wake of the rape and murder of British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling.

North Goa police superintendent Bosco George, while informing about the arrest of the 40 people, said the police was trying to discipline the shop owners so that they strictly adhered to the law.

Other than arresting two youth -- a bartender Samson D'Souza and drug peddler Carvalho -- the police have made no further headway in the Scarlett rape and murder case.

A Britisher, who was one of the key witnesses to the rape of the minor girl on February 18, is expected to depose before the investigating officer today. He, reportedly, reached here yesterday from Mumbai.

Meanwhile, in South Goa, Colva police have started questioning about a dozen people in connection with the molestation of a German tourist last week. The tourist was here along with her compatriot for holidaying after spending some days in Rajasthan.

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