Mumbai: A local BJP leader’s daughter was found hanging from a tree in a forest in Jharkhand on Wednesday. Police said one of the eyes of the 16-year-old girl, who went missing on June 7, was gouged out before she was allegedly killed.
“The police were searching for her when locals found her body hanging from a tree in the forest near Budhabar village,” said Ashok Kumar, station in-charge (SI) of Panki police station.
“The post-mortem report will establish whether the victim was raped and murdered. The case is being investigated from all angles. Preliminary probe suggests that the girl was in a relationship with the man,” said Sanjeev Kumar, Palamu Superintendent of Police (SP).
SP Kumar said, “The victim’s family was strongly opposed to it. There is information about a heated exchange of words and scuffle between the family and the victim a few days back, after which the victim went missing.”
Meanwhile, the police have arrested one suspect identified as 23-year-old Pradeep Kumar Singh Dhanuk in connection with the case. The arrest came following analysis of Call Data Records (CDR) of a mobile phone recovered from the scene of the crime.