In a suspected case of rape and murder, Mirzapur police recovered the semi-nude body of block development committee (BDC) member's wife lying on the banks of river Harrai in the district.
The incident sent shockwaves in the district.
The local police sent the body for autopsy and started investigations. The BDC member expressed apprehension of the possibility of rape before murder and lodged a report against unknown persons.
"The body has been sent for autopsy. Prima facie it appears the victim was raped before being murdered. She was missing for the past three days," police officials said on Wednesday.
The woman had gone to her parents' house to attend a function last Sunday. Her whereabouts were not known since Monday morning when she left the place to catch a bus for her husband's house. The kin of the victim had lodged a missing report at the Vindhyachal police station. On Tuesday evening, some woodcutters spotted the body lying on the banks of river Harrai, and alerted the police.
After getting information about the body, Kotwali’s rural police station in-charge Vipin Singh along with his team rushed to the spot for investigation. The body was sent for autopsy. The mangalsutra and the cell phone of the victim were found missing.
"We are probing the case from all angles. The body has been sent for autopsy. The cause of death will be known after the post-mortem examination," Singh said.
Meanwhile, panic gripped rural Bulandshahr after the body of a 12-year-old girl, who was kidnapped from Ghaziabad, was found in the district, police said on Wednesday.
The body was found after the arrest of the accused involved in the girl's abduction. The victim, identified as Khushi (12), was allegedly abducted by unidentified people from Nandigram police station limits three days ago. Her family had received a call from the unidentified kidnappers who demanded a ransom for the girl’s release.
Sonu, the girl's father, told the police that he received the ransom call on Sunday, after which he approached the police and lodged a report. He said the accused demanded Rs 30 lakh within three days for the safe release of the girl.
After registering the report, the police started investigation and detained three persons, including a neighbour with whom the victim was with her grandparents in Ghaziabad. During questioning, the suspects revealed the sequence of events leading to kidnapping and where they dumped the body after killing the girl.
On the basis of the information, the police recovered the body from a farm in Sarai Chhabila village area in the limits of Kotwali (Dehat) police of Bulandshahr on Tuesday. The body was sent for post- and the police were making investigations.