A day after former Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) student leader Asma Javed was found dead in her apartment, the police had yet to arrest any suspects in connection with the case, triggering resentment among her family members and AMU students.
Javed's brother, Salman, told HT the family had lodged an FIR and informed police about a suspect, but no action was taken.
"Asma had earlier told senior police officials that she feared she was going to be murdered and had named some persons, including one Akram, against whom she had earlier also lodged a complaint. But police did not take her seriously and she was murdered," he said.
Javed, the first woman to contest the election of Aligarh Muslim University student union, was allegedly strangled to death five days ago.
Her decomposed body was found on Wednesday afternoon, after neighbours alerted police about a foul smell coming from her rented apartment in Aligarh.
Her brother had lodged a missing diary the same morning. Her family could not contact her and her flat was found locked from outside.
Police said a tablet and Rs 45,000 was missing from her apartment. Superintendent of police (crime) Shri Krishan said, "The motive behind her murder is being investigated and soon police will arrest the accused. A four-member team was formed to conduct the post-mortem."
According to reports, Javed had earlier registered an FIR in civil lines police station against one Akram, accusing him of rape on the pretext of marriage. She had later withdrawn the rape charges.
However, a few days she met senior police officials again, and alleged that a compromise was reached under pressure and she was afraid.
Aligarh senior superintendent of police J Ravindar Gaur said, "All new and old relations inside and outside AMU will be included in the investigation. The civil lines police have changed the FIR from missing person to murder and the investigation has been handed over to the SOG and surveillance team has also been pressed into service."
Javed, 28, had contested the AMU students' poll for the president's post in 2011. A vocal campaigner for women's rights, she had completed her doctorate from the university couple of years ago, NDTV reported.
According to reports, she had been living alone since her husband reportedly left for South America.