Body found in Uttarkashi river is of Delhi woman, say police

Police said the couple were robbed and strangled to death the same evening.

Written by Sanjay Singh | Dehradun | Published: November 14, 2014 1:24:18 am
Rescuers carry what police claimed was the woman’s body. (Source: Express photo) Rescuers carry what police claimed was the woman’s body. (Source: Express photo)

The Uttarakhand police on Thursday claimed they have recovered the body of the Delhi woman who was raped and killed allegedly by a taxi driver and three other men while on a tour of the mountains.

The woman’s brother, who lives in Bangalore and had been looking for her since October 28, is expected to reach Purola in Uttarakashi on Friday to identify the body.

Driver Raju Das had earlier “confessed” to the police that they had killed the woman and her boyfriend and separately dumped their bodies on October 23. The police also said one of the accused confessed to having first raped the fine arts teacher.

The man’s body was recovered on October 30. However, the police cremated the body as there was no one to identify it. The police later matched photos of the body with his photographs and confirmed that it was the woman’s boyfriend.

“It is a decomposed body. But some of her hair is still in place. The woman’s family members are on their way,” Uttarkashi police chief  J R Joshi told Newsline. He said the body was found in the middle of the Yamuna river along the Yamunotri highway.

A police officer at Purola said the woman’s cousin sister reached on Thursday but “she was not sure if the body was her cousin’s”.

The woman and her painter boyfriend, who shared a flat in south Delhi’s Lado Sarai, reached Chakarata on October 22 and went to Tiger Falls the next day. They took a taxi driven by Raju and shared with the three other accused.

Police said the couple were robbed and strangled to death the same evening. While the body of the man was pushed off a cliff, the accused took the woman’s body 2 km ahead and threw it into the river.

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