A MEDICAL student Manjari Mishra, who had been missing from Vikas Nagar area since Thursday, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the Ganga in Varanasi on Saturday night.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Ashutosh Pandey, told HT that prima facie it appeared that the medico had committed suicide after jumping into the river. However, autopsy would be done in the night and only then the exact cause of death could be ascertained, Pandey said.
Earlier, the Ramnagar police had recovered a handbag lying abandoned at Khirkia Ghat on Friday. The bag contained a Lucknow-Varanasi railway ticket, some documents and a stethoscope. Besides, a pair of ladies footwear was also found lying close to the bag.
The Ramnagar police had contacted the Vikas Nagar police in Lucknow after going through the documents found in Manjari bag.
Since Manjari’s father Ram Prasad had lodged an FIR about his missing daughter at the Vikas Nagar police station on Thursday night, the cops were aware about the woman. The police informed Ram Prasad and he had left for Varanasi along with other relatives.
While the Ramnagar police were searching for Manjari, around 9.30 pm today they got information about the body of a woman floating near Balua Ghat. The cops reached the place along with Ram Prasad and others. The father identified the body.
The SSP claimed the body bore no injury marks and appeared that Manjari was drowned.
Ram Prasad informed the police that his daughter was suffering from acute depression since her divorce with Abhishek Sharma of Saharanpur. She was undergoing treatment for the illness in Lucknow. However, Ram Prasad could not tell the cops why Manjari had gone to Varanasi.