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Man arrested in Goa over Russian child 'rape'

Goa beach
Goa's beaches are a major tourist attraction

A man has been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a nine-year-old Russian girl in Goa, India, police officials say.

Two men have been named as suspects in connection with the alleged assault on Arambol beach on Tuesday.

Police identified the man they detained as Anil Raghuvanshi and said he was an "accomplice of the main accused", who is still being sought by police.

Goa is one of India's most popular tourist destinations.

Hundreds of thousands of people visit Goa every year. But it was the focus of intense media coverage in 2008 over the rape and murder of a British teenager holidaying there.

Two men were held in connection with the case, and were later released on bail. Police say that investigations are still ongoing.

'Abhorrent crime'

Senior police official Bosco George said that Anil Raghuvanshi is an employee at a pharmacy in the area.

They named the main suspect in the assault as Aman Bharadwaj.

Police believe that Mr Raghuvanshi diverted the attention of the girl's mother while the sexual assault was taking place.

Russia's ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, has demanded urgent action against the people responsible for the alleged rape.

"This perverted criminal must be caught and punished severely...We expect the Indian side to catch the culprits involved in the abhorrent crime," Mr Kadakin was quoted as telling reporters by India's The Hindu newspaper.

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