The body of an unidentified woman with her limbs tied was found inside a sack at Central Delhi’s Daryaganj area late on Thursday. Police are yet to identify the body. Several people came forward to identify her but could not.
Police said the body of the woman, around 25 years, was found by a patrolling team at about 12.45 am at Netaji Subhash Marg.
Photographs were shared over WhatsApp so she could be identified, said police. A case under sections 302 and 201 of the IPC has been registered at Daryaganj police station.
“On Friday morning, a person claimed to have identified the body as that of a social worker from Dimapur in Nagaland. Delhi Police’s Special Unit for Women and Children, which also looks into matters related to people from northeast states living in the city, was informed,” said an officer.
A Delhi-based unit of an NGO turned up to claim the body, but later said the woman wasn’t the one they were looking for.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police’s central district also checked with Nagaland Police, who later said the body did not belong to the social worker.
By afternoon, a security personnel turned up at the police station claiming the body was that of his wife. He too said his his wife was alive and at Bokaro in Jharkhand, added the officer.
However, police suspected he was trying to mislead them and questioned him further. The man then told police that a relative of his came across the photograph on WhatsApp. He thought it looked like his wife and tried to call her. When his wife did not pick up, he approached police to claim the body. He was allowed to leave only after police were assured his wife was alive, said the officer.
At present, police are looking into the claims of two other people – one identifying the woman as a native of Shimla who went missing recently, and the other as a native of Nepal.
“The identity of the woman is yet to be ascertained. We have registered a case of murder and have contacted police departments in other states about the matter. Investigation is underway,” said DCP (Central) Parmaditya.