Uttar Pradesh police are close to cracking the case of gang-rape and murder of a 32-year-old woman in a village under Mohanlalganj tehsil of Lucknow district, officials said on Saturday.
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The police nabbed three people, including a person from the place where the crime had happened. The three suspects are being questioned at present.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav asked the additional director general of police Sutapa Sanyal, the director general of police and the chief secretary to speed up and intensify the probe in the case.
He had put Sanyal, the woman officer who also is the nodal officer for crime against women in UP, to crack the case.
The victim was cremated on Friday after the police collected and preserved all the vital elements needed for forensic examination.
Initial probe suggests the key suspect is a person familiar to the woman, as he took her along on Wednesday night.
Her naked body, bearing injury marks on head, face and private parts, was found lying in a pool of blood on the premises of the primary school in Balsinghkheda village on Thursday morning.
Post-mortem examination confirmed that the woman's death happened due to multiple haemorrhages. She was sexually assaulted and subjected to extreme cruelty. A blunt object was also inserted into her body, the autopsy revealed.
According to the police, the woman was employed as an outsourced staff as a lab attendant at a premier medical institute in the state capital since 2011 after the death of her husband in 2010.
"Her identification has given a new turn to the incident and it is suspected that she was subjected to cruelty before being sexually assaulted and murdered to take revenge over some issue," said a senior police officer supervising the probe.
He said she had left her work place at around 5pm on Wednesday and went to her house, about two km from the institute, and again left at around 9pm after receiving a call from a man familiar to her.
She told her kids that she was going out for some work and would return in two hours.