Four yrs after death,Scarlett laid to rest

Keeling,15,from Bideford,Devon,was found dead in February 2008.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Published:June 17, 2012 12:29 am

More than four years after British teenager Scarlett Keeling was found dead on Goa’s Ajuna beach,she was finally laid to rest in a funeral held in south-west England.

Keeling,15,from Bideford,Devon,was found dead in February 2008. Her body had been held in Exeter by the Greater Devon coroner because of the ongoing trial of two men charged over her death. The funeral was held on Friday on land belonging to her family near Bradworthy. Keeling’s mother Fiona MacKeown said after the funeral that it was “lovely to have her here”.

“We’ve waited all this time to get her back. Everybody’s been working like ants on her garden,getting it ready for her to come home,” she told BBC.

Two inquests were held in India into Keeling’s death. The first one said she had drowned after taking drugs. But the second inquest,demanded by Fiona,showed 15 injuries,which indicated that she was murdered.

Samson D’Souza,31,and Placido Carvalho,43,were charged with sexual assault,outraging modesty and destroying evidence. Both deny the charges.

Panel to examine Gorkhaland report

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has agreed to the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha’s demand for “verification of facts” regarding the Justice Shyamal Sen Committee report on inclusion of new territory into the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). The GJM had earlier rejected the report and threatened a fresh agitation. The CM announced formation of a three-member ‘Fact Verification Committee’ to examine aspects of the Sen report after a GJM delegation met her Saturday. The GJM welcomed Mamata’s decision but did not specify whether it would allow elections to the GTA.

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