CBI to investigate Agra research scholar’s death

Nearly five months after the body of research scholar Neha Sharma was found in a laboratory of Dayal Bagh Educational Institute,the Central Bureau of Investigation

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: August 8, 2013 6:01:13 am

Nearly five months after the body of research scholar Neha Sharma was found in a laboratory of Dayal Bagh Educational Institute,the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has agreed to take over the investigations in the case.

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha Wednesday confirmed that they have sent the acceptance letter to investigate the case to the Department of Personnel and Training.

Last month,the state government had recommended a CBI probe in the case on the request of Neha’s father Rashpal Sharma.

The body of Neha,who was working on a research project on antibodies, was found in the laboratory with 12 deep cuts,inflicted with a paper cutter and a surgical blade on March 15. The police came to know about the murder after a team found Neha’s abandoned car with a paper on which a cellphone number was scribbled. The number turned out to be that of her father Rashpal Sharma in Delhi. Later,the police found Neha’s laptop from a garbage bin near the lab.

On April 23,the Agra police arrested Uday Swaroop (21),a final year student of BSc at the institute,and his friend,35-year-old Yashveer Singh Sandhu,a laboratory technician,and claimed to have solved the case.

Swaroop is the grandson of retired IAS officer Prem Kumar,president of the Dayal Bagh Satsang Sabha,which runs the institute. The police alleged that Swaroop had killed the girl after attempting to rape her,while Sandhu helped him in the destruction of evidence.

The police claims were based on blood-soaked hair strands they had recovered from the lab.

Forensic testss had proved that the hair strands were that of Swaroop. The police said there are also two witnesses who claimed to have spotted Yashveer driving away the girl’s vehicle.

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