A day after a Class 12 student died under mysterious circumstances at her house in South Delhi's Sainik Farm area, police have traced her parents, who cremated her body without informing them, to Agra in Uttar Pradesh.
According to sources, when police tried contacting the family, they found the father's phone unreachable and then switched off. Later, they managed to speak to him and traced his location to Agra.
"We were told that soon after the girl fell from the balcony, her body was removed and washed. She was then put in a car and driven off," a senior police officer said. "If it was a case of accidental death, then why would the parents remove the body, lock the house and flee?" he added.
A team of six officials have been sent to Agra to look for the girl's parents who will be detained and questioned.
Police say the girl's parents cremated her body as soon as they reached Agra. "In order to ascertain the time and cause of death, it was important that a postmortem examination be conducted. However, now since the body has already been cremated, a crucial evidence is lost," said an official.
Neighbours told the police that the girl was allegedly pushed from the third floor of her house. They said they heard the girl and her father having a heated argument which went on till midnight and also alleged that the father had slapped the girl.
"While the locals allege that the girl had a boyfriend in the adjacent colony and her father was against it, we are yet to verify the facts. The investigation is on," said an official.
Sources said neighbours also told the police that the girl's elder sister reportedly married a Muslim boy from the area which led to a fight in the family.