Police in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad town have found a dead woman in a forest and believe she could be a missing former employee of the American Embassy School in New Delhi, officials said on Friday.
Leena Sharma, 38, disappeared in the last week of April from Sohagpur, her mother’s home. She wanted to demarcate her 35-acre ancestral property against the wishes of her maternal uncle and local Congress leader Pradeep Sharma after 11 acres of the land was encroached upon, according to police.
“A partially decomposed body, which could possibly be Leena’s body, was found from the Kamati jungles in Dudadeh village (her maternal village) in Sohagpur area early on Friday morning,” Hoshangabad superintendent of police AP Singh said.
“Two of Leena’s friends from Bhopal are on the way to Sohagpur to identify the body,” added Singh.
Sohagpur police sources said two people have been detained in the case and two to three others are being questioned. Both the detained men are linked to Leena’s maternal uncle.
Sources said Pradeep and Leena’s elder sister, Hema, could also be interrogated in the case.
Hema and Pradeep had lodged a missing person complaint with Sohagpur police on May 5, a week after Leena went missing from Sohagpur. She went missing from Sohagpur on April 29.
Leena’s friends allege her relations with uncle were strained since last few years after he encroached her ancestral land. They said she quit her job last year to settle the property issue.
Leena’s uncle Pradeep Sharma said his name was unnecessarily being dragged into the matter.
“I have very cordial relation with both Leena and Hema. Its Leena’s cousins with whom she has strained relations over property,” he said.
Many of Leena’s friends in Bhopal questioned why her uncle and sister reported a missing person’s complaint at Sohagpur police station on May 5, when she was missing since April 29.
While police said Leena’s phone was switched off since April 29, some friends claimed her phone was available for some time on May 5. Both Leena and her uncle were in Piparia area of Hoshangabad the same day, sources said.
Some of her friends told Hindustan Times her uncle gave contradictory statements when asked about Leena’s disappearance over the phone on May 4. He first said she left with two people in a white car to Piparia and later said she flew to Thailand.