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Goa Police slam forensic report on Scarlette death


Pramod Acharya,CNN-IBN
Mar 24, 2008 at 09:47am IST

Goa: Hours after the release of the sensational forensic report questioning the investigation of Goa Police into the Scarlette murder case, the police have come down heavily on the report. And the police have reasons to slam the report.

The report of Goa Medical College says the levels of ethyl alcohol found on Scarlete could not have caused coma or death, and that scratch marks on her body suggests she struggled while being forcibly drowned.

“I read the line where the doctor said the head of the deceased might have been kept in the water for 10 minutes. Is it an eyewitness account or a medical report?” questions IGP, Goa Police, Kishan Kumar.

The police version was that Scarlette Keeling died of drugs overdose even before drowning.

The fresh report however, has boosted the morale of those claiming a cover up in the case.

“We are seriously considering now moving to the high court because now its clear that police were aware of everything and they did not take adequate stand to give justice,” says Keeling's Legal Advisor, Vikram Varma.

Scarlett's mother Fiona MacKeown too feels vindicated. But she will remain at an undisclosed location because she doesn't feel safe after having blamed the state's higher-ups of a cover up.

“We have been warned many times that our safety can be at risk from drug barons, shack owners and we don’t feel like the Home Minister is out there to protect us,” says Fiona.

Goa Police has challenged the medical authenticity of the report. In their opinion it is more of an eyewitness account then medical opinion.

But as far as the specifications in the report are concerned they have straight away denied commenting on it.

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