PANAJI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a ‘closure report’ into the death of Finnish national Felix Dahl who was found dead along a lonely stretch of road at Canacona in South Goa.
According to the police who were probing the case, Dahl was fond of acrobatics and fell after he lost balance while doing cartwheels resulting in accidental death.
The conclusion by Goa police prompted Dahl’s mother Minna Pirhonen to approach the high court of Bombay at Goa seeking that the investigation be handed over to CBI.
The high court while hearing a petition filed by Pirhonen ruled that the investigation conducted by the Goa Police was apparently “faulty and prejudiced” and “meandering towards a predetermined end” and ordered CBI to take over the case in 2018.
Over the last decade, 245 foreign tourists have lost their lives in Goa, some of which have taken place in mysterious circumstances leaving their families without a sense of closure.
In December, a 42-year-old British woman was allegedly raped and robbed in Goa’s Palolem beach village.
In March 2017, a young Irish tourist Danielle McLaughlin allegedly was raped and murdered in Palolem village in South Goa.
In March this year, two incidents of alleged attacks on foreign tourists were reported from different parts of Goa.
On March 30, a 29-year-old Dutch woman was allegedly molested and stabbed by a resort staffer in Goa hours after she arrived for a yoga retreat in the state. The incident took place in north Goa’s Pernem town.
On March 24, a Russian tourist was allegedly assaulted in her hotel room in North Goa.
Earlier this month, a tourist family from Delhi was allegedly attacked by the staffers of a resort in Goa’s Anjuna over a scuffle.