A 23-year-old was allegedly raped and strangulated in a forest in Uttarakhand’s hill district of Uttarkashi. After her death, the accused allegedly set her body on fire. The police have made two arrests in the case.
On Sunday evening, the girl’s half-burnt body was recovered from Raditop area which comes under Purola Police station’s jurisdiction. Uttarkashi Senior Superintendent of Police, J R Joshi, said one of the arrested youths was having an affair with the girl. “The girl was allegedly pressuring the youth, Amardeep, to marry her. Amardeep bought the girl to the forest where he had sex with her and later strangulated her,” he told The Indian Express.
Later Amardeep met up with the other accused, with whose help he set her body on fire. The SSP said: “We have arrested two persons. Apart from Amardeep, another person — Ajay — was involved in the crime.”
He said that the girl had gone missing on December 30 and her family had filed a missing person report in this connection. However, he clarified that since the the area where the crime took place came under the jurisdiction of the Revenue police, he only got the case on Saturday. He added the Patwaries, who are a part of the revenue police, were on strike and hence the case was handed over to the police.
According to the SSP, police first recovered the victim’s SIM card which “helped solve the case”.
Meanwhile, Haridwar police are yet to make a breakthrough in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. On Monday, the victim’s parents met CM Vijay Bahuguna, who, sources say, has asked the police to solve the case within fortnight.