Agra murder: Cops suspect academic rivalry

THE Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday said they were yet to identify the person who killed 27-year-old researcher Neha Sharma in a laboratory in Dayalbagh University,Agra.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: March 19, 2013 2:12:40 am

THE Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday said they were yet to identify the person who killed 27-year-old researcher Neha Sharma in a laboratory in Dayalbagh University,Agra. Her body was found in the laboratory on Friday.

Police strongly suspect an insider’s role in the case.

“It appears that the accused was well-informed about the geography of the university. We have questioned over 100 students and faculty members,” police said.

Investigating officers have collected fingerprints from inside the laboratory and from the cutter used in the murder. According to sources,police have also taken fingerprints of faculty members and some students working in the department.

Sources said police have narrowed down their investigation to two motives. One of them is academic rivalry. Neha was working on a project worth Rs 1 crore and was an outstanding student who had been given a full fellowship. Since her laptop was found in the garbage dump next to the laboratory,police said the accused might have tried to steal data related to the project.

The second motive under investigation is sexual assault. Police suspect that the Neha knew the accused. They suspect that the accused went to visit her in the laboratory and on finding her alone,he tried to impose himself on her. Police have marks on the woman’s hands and arms and the crime scene suggests that she might have tried to resist rape.

Police have also recovered the woman’s mobile phone from the laboratory and found that the accused deleted call logs. Police have sent her laptop to the Cyber Cell for examination.

“We have questioned students and they told us that they saw a man driving off in a red Alto. The security guard told us that the man was speeding and had rammed the exit gate. We have asked the guard to give us a description of the man and are getting a sketch prepared,” a police source said.

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