The 18-year-old girl, whose charred body was found in the bathroom of her house at the EWS Colony, Chandigarh Road, on April 21, was strangulated to death and then set afire by her mother, as she disapproved of the teenager’s social life, the police said on Sunday. Police said the post-mortem report of the victim, Nisha, a Class-10 student, revealed that she died due to strangulation, and her body was later burnt.
After the body was found on April 21, the Jamalpur police had registered a case under section 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC against unidentified accused and initiated investigation.
While Nisha’s mother, Nirmala, had claimed that she died of electrocution in the bathroom, the preliminary investigation had revealed that there was no electric wire in the bathroom.
Also the body reeked of kerosene, leading the police to suspect that killers, who were known to the victim, after murdering her had tried to dispose of the body by burning it.
Piecing together the sequence of events, the police zeroed in on Nisha’s mother, Nirmala, who during interrogation, admitted to have killed her daughter, the police claimed.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) city-4 Swapan Sharma said Nirmala did not approve of her daughter hanging out with her friends, but Nisha did not follow her directions.
On April 21, her husband, who was not well, was sleeping, while three of her four daughters were away to school. After Nisha came home late, Nirmala figured that she was hanging out with her friends and reprimanded her for it. When Nisha retorted, in a fit of rage, Nirmala strangulated her to death with her dupatta, the ADCP claimed.
“She then dragged the body to the bathroom and burnt it after pouring kerosene on it. Later, she started screaming to make it look like Nisha was electrocuted to death,” he added.
Dr Sandeep Kumar Garg, under training IPS officer, said the smell of kerosene emitting from the body pointed towards conspiracy.
Besides, the autopsy report also revealed that the victim died due to strangulation. Suspecting her mother, they grilled her, following which she admitted to her crime, he added.