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Woman researcher found murdered in Agra lab

Around two dozen people,including staff of the institute,were questioned.

A 25-YEAR-OLD woman researcher’s body with multiple wounds inflicted by a surgical blade was found in the laboratory of Dayalbagh Educational Institute in Agra Friday evening.

Agra SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey said the woman,Neha Sharma,was pursuing PhD in Biotechnology under the guidance of Dr Amla Chopra. Additional SP Pawan Kumar said the body had more than 20 injuries and the hands were tied. An empty bottle of chloroform was found near the body.

Circle Officer Sameer Saurabh said the autopsy report did not mention sexual assault. It said she died of excessive bleeding.

No one has been arrested so far. The police said they suspected the involvement of more than one person. An FIR has been lodged at the New Agra police station.

A team of forensic experts visited the laboratory and took fingerprints. Around two dozen people,including staff of the institute,were questioned.

Students of the institute on Saturday staged a protest and blocked roads demanding arrest of the cuplrits. The protest was called off after senior police officials assured to solve the case soon.

According to the police,on Friday evening,Neha was alone in the laboratory after Dr Chopra left. She spoke to her father Rishi Pal Sharma,who works in a private firm in Delhi,twice. An hour later,when her father called again,a unidentified male took the call. He told him that Neha had gone to Sadar area on some work.

Around one hour later,the police recovered an abandoned car in Khelgaon,about 1 km from the institute. Doors of the car were opened. When they searched the car,the police found a paper in which a cellphone number was mentioned.

When the police called on that number,Neha’s father received the call and informed the police that the car belonged to him and that his daughter had taken it to her institute.

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When the police told him that the car was lying abandoned,he called up his wife Santosh Sharma,who used to stay with Neha,and asked her to go to the institute and check. It was then that the body was found.