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Mystery shrouds girl?s fatal fall

THE MILLION-dollar question still remains unanswered about the minor girl who died after falling from the 16th floor of the high-rise Hotel Landmark in the Kotwali police circle on Saturday night.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 01:14 IST

THE MILLION-dollar question still remains unanswered about the minor girl who died after falling from the 16th floor of the high-rise Hotel Landmark in the Kotwali police circle on Saturday night.  

    Whether it was  an accident, suicide or a cold-blooded murder still remains unclear after Vijaylaxmi’s autopsy report . Detection of semen in her autopsy report pointed to  the fact that she had sex just before the incident.

According to sources, Vijaylaxmi (16), a class 12 student, had come to the Hotel Landmark along with her brother-in-law Satyaveer at around 7 pm. 

Two and a half hours later, Satyaveer informed the hotel administration that Vijayalaxmi had fallen from the 16th floor of the building. The hotel staff rushed to the spot only to find an unconscious and badly injured Vijayalaxmi on the 10th floor. 

She was rushed to a private nursing home where doctors referred her to the LLR Hospital. Vijaylaxmi succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital.
On getting information, police rushed to the hospital and detained Satyaveer for interrogation.

Satyaveer, who works as a trolley man at the Palam airport, informed the police that he had come to Kanpur to visit his in-laws.

He came to see the hotel with Vijaylaxmi. After sitting in the hotel coffee lounge for some time, the duo went to the Tropicana bar situated on the 16th floor.
According to him, while returning from the bar, Vijaylaxmi said that her ‘Payal’ had gone missing. They both then went back to the 16th floor.

Suddenly, Vijaylaxmi crash-landed on the 10th floor from there after hitting a balcony, he said.

The police took Vijaylaxmi ‘s body into custody and sent it for postmortem.
While the hotel administration was tightlipped about the incident, presence of more than two persons at the time of incident could not be ruled out. “There was definitely something going on between them, but we are helpless as the victim’s kin don’t want to pursue the case and have refused to register complaint,” said a senior police official.