The body of a 23-year-old school teacher was found in a canal near Hapur in Uttar Pradesh, more than 30 hours after she went missing from her home in Delhi’s Wazirabad village on Saturday.
Hapur police said the woman, identified as Naina, was murdered and her body was dumped in the canal. They suspect the involvement of her family members as her parents and brother are also missing since Saturday.
Police have also not ruled out the possibility of a suicide pact among the missing family members after killing the daughter.
According to the police, a Hyundai Santro car belonging to Naina’s father was found parked near the spot from where her body was discovered. There were blood stains on the seats, which indicated that she was murdered inside the car before her body was dumped in the canal. The car’s doors were open when the local police reached the crime scene.
A case has been registered at Hapur. On Monday morning, the Hapur police team informed their counterparts in Delhi about Naina’s murder. They sought their assistance in tracing her missing family members and questioned relatives to find out more about the murder.
A police officer said Naina was a teacher in a private school in northeast Delhi’s Bhajanpura. She lived with her parents, Ved Prakash and Sadhna, and brother, Shubham, at their Wazirabad home.
Questioning relatives revealed that Naina left home around 6pm on Saturday, while her family members followed her half an hour later in their car.
“Prime facie it is believed that Naina’s family members met her mid way and drove towards Hapur. Their mobiles were switched off soon after they crossed the Delhi border. What happened thereafter is a matter of probe,” said the officer.
Ved Prakash owned a garments store in Majnu Ka Tilla and rented out two floors of his house to tenants in Wazirabad village, the officer said.