A 25-year-old woman engineer, who worked with private airlines Air Deccan, was found dead under mysterious circumstances near the taxiway at the domestic airport in New Delhi, officials said on Tuesday.
Sanskriti Sinha, a graduate in aeronautical engineering from Patna, was reportedly run over by a vehicle while she was moving towards the hangar area to attend to some engineering requirements at the aircraft late on Monday, police officials said. Her head was completely crushed.
The airport manager found her body around 10.30 pm and informed the police, who are not ruling out foul play.
"We have registered a case of hit and run and destruction of evidence against unknown people. We are not ruling out the possibility of murder," a police official said.
The vehicle, which might have run her down, has not yet been identified.
"Sanskriti's body has been sent for post-mortem examination and help has been sought from forensic teams. We can't say anything more before the medical reports are out," the official told IANS.
Airline officials too have washed their hands of the tragic incident.
Said Taufiq Mohammed, chief security officer of Air Deccan, "We don't know about the cause of (Sanskriti's) death but have set up a team to probe the matter. The police are also investigating the matter.
"We are providing all assistance to the police and can't say anything more now."
Sanskriti's relatives, who arrived in the capital after hearing about her death late on Monday, refused to accept that she was run over by a vehicle.
"Do you think it is possible that someone could drive a vehicle so rashly and at such high speed in this very sensitive zone where the speed limit is restricted to just 20 kmph?" asked Arun Kumar, Sanskriti's father.
"It can't be just a mere accident as the authorities and the police are yet to trace the killer vehicle. Someone has deliberately killed my daughter," a grief-stricken Kumar said.
Sanskriti was working in the aviation industry for the past six years. She came to Delhi to pursue higher studies and was working with Air Deccan for the past one year.