Woman's charred body found in manhole at R T Nagar

'Victim may have been hacked, before the body was set on fire'

In a gruesome incident, the charred body of a woman was found in a manhole at R T Nagar on the outskirts of the city on Monday. The perpetrators may have hacked her to death before setting the body on fire, suspect the investigators.

The incident, suspected to have occurred during the early hours of Monday, came to light around 9 am when a few passersby noticed smoke emanating from the manhole, near 18th Cross of the newly developed layout of Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA), off outer-ring road.

Curious, some people went near the manhole, only to find a part of the body burnt in it. Soon the Jayapura police were informed, who rushed to the spot along with forensic experts and sniffer dog.

According to the preliminary investigation, the victim expected to be aged 20 years to 22 years, may have come to the spot along with two to three others known to her in a car, said police. The police suspect that the killers might have hit her head with a wheel spanner (found at the spot on the other side of the road), before dragging the body up to 15 ft to the manhole, as evident with the blood mark. After dumping the body in the manhole, the miscreants must have poured a combustible material - either kerosene or petrol to destroy the body, police added.

While only a part of the upper portion of the body remains, with face slightly recognisable, the lower part of the body has been charred. Similarly, burnt pieces of chudidar has been found on the remains of the body. Besides, liquor bottles, used food packets, damaged hair clip and a pair of ladies footwear have also been recovered.

A sniffer dog was pressed into service that led the police till a distance, but scent was lost shortly after.

A section of residents of Nagarthalli and Bogadi village, who had gathered at the spot, alleged that the vacant area of  the yet to be occupied layout has become a haven for immoral activities. Eve-teasing is also rampant, they added.

CPI of South station Ashok Kumar said, the body will be preserved at the mortuary attached to Mysore Medical College and Research Institute for three days.
Superintendent of Police Abhinav Khare, DySP Vikram Amate, Jayapura PSI Gangadharappa visited the spot.

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