The Ahmedabad police said on Friday that the alleged failed gang rape attempt and murder of a 22-year-old girl in a residential neighborhood of Naranpura on Wednesday night, was actually a case of a failed suicide bid by her male friend, who is now the prime suspect of her murder .
The police said that a “suicide note” has been found from the boy, Birbal Prasad’s bag that indicated that he was taking a “shameful and heinous step” since the girl’s parents were against their marriage.
On Wednesday night the 22-year old girl, Vandana originally from Uttar Pradesh was stabbed to death while her male friend was admitted to the hospital who was also stabbed in the abdomen.
Birbal Prasad had recorded his statement saying that they were attacked by four unidentified men after a failed attempt to gang rape the girl. The police had said Thursday that they had taken Prasad’s statement between bouts of unconsciousness. Prasad, who is currently the complainant, is also admitted in hospital with stab wounds.
“We have maximum doubt on the complainant. The spot where the incident has occurred doesn’t look a like a place where a boy and a girl would choose to sit and chat. It is filthy and completely desolated,” said Himanshu Shukla, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch which is also roped in the investigation following widespread media coverage.
Shukla revealed that a suicide note has been recovered from Prasad’s bag that says, “Mai Birbal Prasad jo kaam karne ja raha hoon wah behad sharmnak aur ghinona hai lekin kya karoon Vandana ke parivarwalon ne mujhe paison aur ijjat se jalil kiya hai. Mai usse pyar karta tha aur wah bhi mujhse pyar karti thi…lekin kya karoon (What I am going to do is the most shameful and heinous but what to do, Vandana’s parents have insulted me with their money. I loved her and she loved me too, but what to do…).”
According to Shukla the other doubt on Prasad’s statement is that the wounds on Vandana’s body is deep while Prasad’s wound is shallow. He said that on the spot not much blood has been found, however, it is believed that since she was wearing woollen clothes that might have absorbed most of the blood.
Shukla also pointed out that the reason behind doubting Prasad’s version is that he dialled the police informing that there were two dead bodies soon after the incident. He said that the whole truth will be out in a couple of days once Prasad’s condition becomes stable and statements of Vandana’s parents are recorded. They both are originally from Gorakhpur in UP. Prasad lives in Maharashtra while
Vandana’s parents are based in Veraval, while Vandana was working in a private company as staying in a hostel in Naranpura.
Addressing the media gathering joint commissioner of police, sector-1, Manoj Agrawal said that Vandana and Prasad are distant relatives. Vandana happened to be Birbal’s sister-in-law’s cousin. As per the statement of Prasad, he was to get engaged with Vandana some eight to nine months back but the girl’s father went against it, yet they remained in touch and used to meet. On the day of the incident too Prasad had come to Ahmedabad from Maharashtra to meet her.