Drug mafia & police may have killed Scarlett: Fiona

Kounteya Sinha/TOI LONDON | 03 March 2013 14:31 IST

Five years after British teenager Scarlett Keeling was raped and killed in Goa, her mother now claims the police and mafia may have killed her daughter after she backed out from smuggling a consignment of drugs out of India, reports Times of India from London.

"Scarlett was a normal teenager until she got to Goa," Fiona MacKeown told Kounteya Sinha of The Times of India in London.

"Since she knew too much, the local mafia got her killed." Scarlett was found dead on Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008.

Fiona said, "Scarlett told my son Cylus that she had done something I won't be happy about but never said what. I fear she was planning to carry a consignment of drugs out of India but finally backed out. She was never into drugs before. The shack boys in Goa completely corrupted her."

"I have a strong feeling that the police were also behind the killing. The bruises between the thumb and forefinger in both hands, a pressure point, shows that somebody trained did it. Also, I was told by the doctor that the stick marks on her feet pointed to the hand of police," Fiona said.

Speaking to TOI, she said she had informed the CBI sleuths about a local boy named George who had claimed to have seen Scarlett on the night of her death. "Two girls in Goa had told me about George and how he had seen everything that had happened. The CBI said they couldn't find him. It's hard to believe that an organisation like CBI won't find such a crucial witness if they wanted to."

Meanwhile, the Goa police have dismissed Fiona's allegations. "We have filed the chargesheet in the children's court and the accused are facing trial. Besides, the CBI also has more or less confirmed the same facts and has filed the chargsheet and the investigation nowhere indicates the involvement of any police official," said SP Bosco George, who monitored the case during the investigations, told TOI.

Fiona plans to visit the foreign office in UK along with local MP Jeffrey Cox to ask India to fast-track the case.

"Last Christmas, an Indian boy was killed in UK. The police here announced a 10,000 pound prize and the killers were caught instantly. Goa Police could have done the same but it didn't. The police was hand in glove with the killers," she said.

Goa DGP Kishan Kumar, who was inspector general of police (IGP) during the investigation of the Scarlet murder case, told TOI,"The case was investigated by the Goa police and later handed over to the CBI. Now, the matter is before the court which will decide it."

Fiona said she still regrets the decision of allowing her daughter to stay back for a Valentine's Day beach party. "I said 'no' at first but then I gave in. I will regret that decision for the rest of my life."

The morning after that fateful night, Scarlett's battered body was found on the beach. An initial autopsy report showed she had consumed ecstasy, cocaine and LSD before her death. It was also confirmed that she was raped and her face held down in water.

The case was later handed over to the CBI. Fiona said she is determined to fight for justice till the end.

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Come on Goerge, his two girlfriend and other witness, please tell the truth and let the poor lady get justice.

- John D Souza, Margoa | 03 rd March 2013 23:18


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