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Mutilated body of woman killed for dowry found buried in farm field 

While searching for the victim, a police team noticed loose soil in an agriculture field in Naugachia subdivision of Bihar’s Bhagalpur district. When the loose soil was cleared to a certain depth, the police noticed the mutilated body .

cities Updated: May 25, 2017 12:02 IST
Avijit Biswas 
The body of the victim was found buried an agriculture field.
The body of the victim was found buried an agriculture field. (Representative photo)

Bhagalpur Police recovered the mutilated body of a woman, allegedly killed and buried by her husband and members of his family for dowry, in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district, 229 km south east of state capital Patna.

The body was found buried in an agricultural field at Latra village in Gopalpur police station area of Naugachia subdivision, 27 km north of Bhagalpur, on Monday evening, police said, adding that it was exhumed with the help of a JCB payloader.

The field from where body was recovered had been ploughed to avoid detection, the police added.

The police said the body of the woman, identified as Sapna Kumari, was recovered when they were searching for her on the complaint lodged by her father. In a complaint lodged a few days ago, Kumari’s father Phuleshwar Mahto had said that his daughter had been missing and he apprehended that she had been killed for dowry.

“While searching for the victim, the police team noticed loose soil in the agriculture field. When the loose soil was cleared to a certain depth, the team noticed the badly mutilated body,” Pankaj Kumar Sinha, superintendent of police (SP), Naugachia, a police district, said. The disfigured body showed that the victim had been brutally murdered, the SP said.

The SP said Sapna, a resident of Pathartola village of Katihar district, had married Lalit Yadav of Latra after eloping with him last year. “As Kumari belonged to a different caste, her in-laws never accepted her in the family. After her marriage, Sapna was staying with one of her married sisters-in-law at Bhawanipur village in Rangra police outpost area of Bhagalpur district and had come to Latra only recently,” Sinha added.

The SP said the body was handed over to the victim’s family after post-mortem examination on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, six persons, including Kumari’s husband, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and mother-in-law, had been named in the FIR lodged in connection with the murder, the SP said, adding that efforts were underway to arrest them.

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Sapna, a resident of Pathartola village in Katihar, had married Lalit Yadav of Latra after eloping with him last year. As she belonged to a different caste, her in-laws never accepted her in family