Panaji, Mar 25: The police have provided security cover for Fiona Mackeown, mother of allegedly raped and slain British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling, as she feared threat from the drug cartels she was exposing in Goa. Fiona, who is staying at secret destination in South Goa, has been provided armed guard since last evening, police said.
''It was on her threat perception and request that we have provided her the security,'' a senior police officer said today. With the government too consenting to order a CBI probe into the Keeling episode yesterday, even as she was toying with the idea of approaching the Bombay High Court at Goa, Fiona expressed her readiness to go back home before her visa expires early next month along with the body of her daughter, sources said.
She was demanding a CBI probe into the entire episode including police-drug cartel nexus, saying it was responsible for the murder of her daughter besides alleging that the local police were trying to hush-up the case since beginning.
It was significant that Home Minister Ravi Naik told the Legislative Assembly yesterday that the police suspect the links of some politicians and outstation mediapersons with drug cartels in Goa which needs a probe.
A bartender Samson D'Souza and a drug peddler Cavelho had been arrested in connection with the case, while the authorities had suspended the Anjuna police station sub-inspector Nerlon Albuquerque and chief of the forensic department Dr Silvani Sapeco for their alleged ''lapses'' in dealing with the case.
Police maintain that investigation of the case had almost been complete and that they were ''fine-tuning'' it before filing the chargesheet soon. The semi-clad body of Keeling was found on Anjuna Beach on February 18 with multiple bruises under suspicious circumstances.
Police suspected that she was heavily drugged with a cocktail of marijuana, cocaine, ecstacy with alcohol, then raped and left to die in the shallow sea water. Viscera report also confirmed presence of drugs and alcohol. Dr Sapeco, however, continued to offer ''different versions'' on the cause of death on two autopsies he had conducted on the body of Keeling that led to his suspension pending an inquiry.