Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday claimed to have cracked the blind murder case of a 22-year-old girl and arrested the two accused.
Police said the girl, who was found dead in an orchard last Friday, was killed by her lover, who suspected her of cheating on him.
"During the course of investigation, it surfaced that the victim was in a relationship with one Mohammad Shafi Dar, resident of Chankhan, Sopore. They had developed this relationship at their workplace, a private school here. The victim was working as a helper while Shafi was working as a driver," a police statement read.
Police said their call detail records revealed that Shafi and the victim used to talk for hours at night.
"Shafi, who had left his job a few months ago, felt that the victim was not interested in him anymore, and suspected her of having an affair with someone else, leading him to develop ill-will and resentment against her," police added.
Shafi and his friend Mehrajudin Dar abducted the girl and later killed her, police said.
"The accused Mohammed Shafi assaulted her in the vehicle, and the accused then forced her to get out of the van, while the girl resisted and tried to call for help. They then overpowered her and strangulated her with her scarf," police added.
The accused then took her body to an orchard near the Hib-Dangerpora crossing and threw it there. "After committing the crime, Mehrajudin dropped Shafi near his home at Jamia Qadeem and kept the victim's mobile phone. The phone and the Maruti van used in commission of the crime have been seized for forensic analysis," the statement said.
Both the accused confessed to their crime during questioning.