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Goa reels from string of murders

Goa reels from string of murders

Police in the Indian tourist hotspot of Goa were probing a string of murders yesterday after eight bodies, including six women, were found in the past few days.
Police had initially left open the possibility that a serial killer was responsible, but Superintendent Atmaram Deshpande told the reporter yesterday this appeared unlikely after initial investigations.
"All the cases have been registered as murders. Initially, there are enough indications that there is no link between them," he said.
Deshpande said police had made a breakthrough in one case in which four people were found dead in a creek near the capital of Goa state, Panaji. Several people were detained and one arrested on Thursday.
"The woman was sexually assaulted by a gang and since the old man resisted, they killed him and also put to death two kids," Deshpande told reporters.
In the other cases, four women were found on Monday and Tuesday across the city aged from 16 to 60. Three of them had been burnt after they were murdered and one of them in her mid 20s appeared to be newlywed, he said.
The string of murders comes at the start of the tourist season in Goa in southwest India, which drew 2.7 million visitors in 2008 from India and abroad, including thousands of Britons and Russians.
The state gained notoriety last year when the body of British teenager Scarlett Keeling was found on one of the palm-fringed sandy beaches that are the main attraction here for foreign tourists.


Updated : 2021-10-23 07:43 GMT+08:00