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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 January, 2004, 16:40 GMT
British tourist shot dead in India
David Green
David Green was a frequent visitor to India
A British tourist has been shot and killed in India, government officials have confirmed.

David Green, a 53-year-old freelance artist from Darlington in County Durham, is reported to have been shot in the central Indian town of Orchha.

Officials say Mr Green, who arrived in India in December, he was found in a forest with a gunshot wound to the back.

Indian police believe he could have been killed by a stray bullet from a poacher's gun.

At the family home which 53-year-old Mr Green shared with his mother Edna, 85, relatives spoke of their sadness.

Mrs Green was being comforted by another son Michael, 56, and his wife Anne, also 56, who had travelled from their home in Oxfordshire, after learning the news.

It is a dreadful thing to have happened to somebody like him. He wouldn't hurt a fly
Edna Green, 85

Mrs Green said an Australian backpacker, who was a friend of David, had telephoned her from India to tell her he had been killed.

She said: "It was a dreadful shock. I am 85 years old. It is a wonder I didn't die. I wish I had instead of him.

"I only hope and pray he didn't feel anything. When you are older the last you thing you want is anything to happen to them before you."

Regular visitor

"It is a dreadful thing to have happened to somebody like him. He wouldn't hurt a fly. I hope and pray he didn't know anything about it."

She said her son, who used to visit India for three months every two years, had many friends.

She added: "He was a character, a wonderful person.

"He'll be greatly missed by a lot of people. Everybody liked him. I don't think he had an enemy. He was very, very peaceful."

A police spokesman in India said Mr Green was killed late on Thursday, 15 January.

Motive unknown

Orchha, famous for its forts and palaces, is in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

The police spokesman added: "The cause of the murder is not known.

"The British High Commission has been informed about the incident."

A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said: "We can confirm that David Green was killed while in India.

"We have no further details about the incident.

"Mr Green's next of kin have been informed."

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