Goa: Irish woman found dead, naked after Holi celebrations

Panaji: A 25-year-old Irish woman was found dead and naked at an isolated open place in South Goa, police said on Wednesday.

Police has started investigating the alleged rape and murder of the Irish tourist, who had arrived at Canacona sub-district, known for its popular beaches like Palolem and Agonda, from Arambol in North Goa. According to the police, the deceased had come with a friend and had participated in Holi celebrations, before being found dead on Tuesday.

“We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects,” a police officer familiar with the probe told IANS on condition of anonymity.

Police, who are suspecting rape, have sent the body to the Goa Medical College near Panaji for a post mortem.

“The body was lying in a pool of blood without clothes and there were injuries to the head and face,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Sammy Tavares said.

ound dead on a beach in South Goa following which one person has been arrested, police said today. The disrobed body of the woman was found yesterday at an isolated spot on a beach in South Goa’s Devabag village, 80 kms from here, Canacona Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sammy Tavares said.

According to police, she was last seen playing Holi with the locals in the village.

Vikas Bhagat, a history sheeter from Canacona village, located near Devabag, was arrested today in this connection and is being interrogated, the official said. Tavares said police was probing the murder angle and also trying to establish whether the victim was raped before her death.

“Earlier, we had rounded up some suspects. We are also trying to establish whether the victim was raped or not” he said. The body has been sent for postmortem at Goa Medical College and Hospital to ascertain the exact cause of the death, police added.

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