A gradually swelling breed of criminals, of the desperate and grotesquely cruel kind, made its presence felt yet again when another body, that of a mutilated teenaged girl stuffed in a jute sack, was recovered from a landfill site in northeast Delhi on Wednesday.
According to Sanjay Kumar Jain, deputy commissioner of police (northeast), residents of the second pushta road in New Usmanpur stumbled upon the gory discovery in a bid to investigate the origin of a foul stench emanating from a roadside landfill around 10:30am.
"She seems to be aged around 16 and, as per her initial medical examination, bears stab injuries in addition to similar wounds inflicted on her head. At this moment, we cannot rule out sexual assault before death," said a senior police officer investigating the matter.
Sources said the victim bears a compelling resemblance to the description of a victim in relation to whom a missing person's report was filed at the local police station about a week ago.
Having arrested Innocent Nwayo, a Nigerian national, for murdering and then stuffing his girlfriend's body in a rucksack and abandoning at his rented accommodation in Uttam Nagar, but miles away from Raju Gahlot, who had killed his girlfriend Neetu Solanki before stuffing her body in a black carry bag found abandoned at New Delhi Railway Station on Februray 11 — the incident has sent shivers down the spine of the Delhi Police.
"These are certainly copycat crimes, in the sense that, in each case the murder has been committed by an extremely repentant, though desperate, criminal who wants to stall the police from reaching his doorstep by making the identification of the victim next to impossible," said a senior police officer from the Delhi Police Crime Branch.
This is the sixth incident of a body being recovered from a bag reported from the city. In four such incidents, the victims were women who were murdered after a bitter and violent exchange with their partners.
Meanwhile, the latest victim's body has been preserved at GTB Hospital for 72 hours in order to allow the general public to come forward to identify her.