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Police yet to find second accused

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, MARCH 19. Even as the police are still trying to trace the second accused in the gruesome murder of the Australian woman Dawn Enelie Griggs near Indira Gandhi International Airport here in the wee hours of Wednesday, it has come to light that he joined the prime accused Jyotish Prasad a little distance away from the taxi stand.

The police on Friday said the second man got into Jyotish's vehicle barely a few minutes after the 59-year-old Ms.Griggs boarded the taxi around 3 a.m. on the fateful day. It is, however, not clear whether Jyotish allowed the second man inside the vehicle against the wishes of Ms. Griggs. The duo reportedly drove the vehicle to a deserted area about 200 metres from the main road, killed the woman and took away all her belongings. The body of Ms. Griggs, which was handed over to the Australian High Commission officials after the post-mortem was performed at Safdarjung Hospital on Thursday, will be flow back to Australia by a Cathay Pacific flight early on Saturday morning. Ms. Griggs was a career consultant for migrants back home in Australia and was also a follower of the Brahmakumaris sect. She is survived by her 85-year-old mother and 30-year-old son.

Meanwhile, efforts are also on to trace her passport and the weapon of offence. It is suspected that after attempts to smother Ms. Griggs failed, Jyotish stabbed her thrice on the face with a screwdriver. Jyotish was arrested on Wednesday from his rented accommodation at Shahabad Muhammadpur village. He was produced in a city court which remanded him to police custody till March 26.

The police are also trying to ascertain the antecedents of Jyotish, a native of Bhagalpur in Bihar. While he has not been involved in any criminal case so far, expensive electronic items were found in his rented accommodation. The police are trying to ascertain if he employed unscrupulous means to procure them.

In a related development, the President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators, Subhash Goyal, today expressed shock over the incident and urged the authorities to spruce up the security for foreigners. Mr. Goyal said such incidents tarnished the image of the country which was being promoted as tourist destination. He called for speedy action against touts, anti-social elements as also the taxi drivers.

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