The body of a 28-year-old woman was found on a footpath at the AJC Bose Road crossing early on Saturday. Prima facie investigation indicated that she had been strangled elsewhere, after which the body was dumped at the spot to make her appear to be an accident victim. The woman is yet to be identified. The Park Street police have registered a case of murder and believe that more than one person was behind the crime.
Locals first noticed the body, lying between an ATM and the entrance to a hotel, at around 5.30 am, after which they informed the police. Police found an injury mark on the body of the woman, who was dressed in a salwar. A thin blanket had been place on the body. A small piece of cloth and cigarette butts were also found at the crime scene. Primary reports have indicated no signs of sexual assault, said the police. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Division) Murlidhar Sharma told The Indian Express, “The primary autopsy report suggests that she was killed sometime between 1 am and 5 am.”
Sources said that body had been strategically placed to avoid CCTV surveillance, however, the police are monitoring CCTV cameras of the nearby hotel to try and track the culprits’ movements. The route is frequently used by lorries. “We are investigating the case from all angles and are waiting for final post-mortem report,” said Sharma.