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Gurugram IAS aspirant found dead in guest house, man booked for murder

The father of the dead woman, Prem Chand, has alleged in his police complaint that the man, who lived in the neighbourhood, had kidnapped and killed her daughter. Police filed a case of murder at the Sector 50 police station.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 25, 2018 09:54 IST
Pavneet Singh Chadha
Pavneet Singh Chadha
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
Gurugram,IAS aspirant found dead in Gurugram guest house,Gurugram Police
A file photo of the 23-year-old IAS aspirant who was brought dead to a private nearly four hours after she checked into a guest house in Sector 46 of Gurugram on Monday evening with a man known to her. (Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

A 23-year-old woman, who was preparing for the Union Public Service Commission’s civil services examination, died nearly four hours after she checked into a guest house in Haryana’s Gurugram on Monday evening with a man she knew, the police said.

The police said the man took the woman to a private hospital in Sector 44 around midnight and fled soon after. An official privy to the investigation said the woman was taken to the hospital in the car of another guest at the lodge, who offered help when he saw the accused carrying the unconscious victim in his arms.

Assistant commissioner of police at Sadar Inderjit Singh said the woman, identified by her first name Priyanka, and Ravinder Yadav, 24, checked into a room on the second floor of the guest house at 8.30pm in Sector 46, nearly 9km from her parent’s house in Kadipur industrial area near Sector 10.

“At 1am, the police got a call from the hospital about a woman, who had been declared brought dead. However, the family of the deceased have alleged that the man, who lived in their neighbourhood, had kidnapped and killed their daughter. We are conducting raids to trace the accused,” Singh said.

The woman’s father, Prem Chand, lodged a complaint and the police filed a case of murder at the Sector 50 police station.

Chand, who owns a flour mill, alleged in his complaint that Yadav, a resident of Saraswati Enclave, had been harassing his daughter for some time. Chand said they had warned Yadav to not stalk her.

“My daughter left for her PG from our house on Monday around 6pm. At 10pm, she spoke to my wife over the phone saying she was about to reach the PG,” Chand said in his complaint.

The police said Priyanka was living in a paying guest accommodation for the past three months in Mukherjee Nagar in northeast Delhi, where she had enrolled in a coaching institute to prepare for the exam. It is held for recruitment to various civil services, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

An autopsy conducted at the Gurugram Civil Hospital on Tuesday suggested the woman died due to “a partial rupture of the liver leading to internal bleeding”.

“The viscera samples and vaginal swabs have been sent for forensic examination. The body had no external visible injury marks and no sign of assault or retaliation,” Dr Yogendra, who conducted the post-mortem examination, said.

“The victim was lean and considering her stomach was empty, it is likely that liver laceration led to internal bleeding,” he said.

He added that the exact cause of death would be known once viscera report is out.

Senior police officials and a forensic team visited the guest house on Tuesday and interrogated the staff on night duty.

The police have collected the digital video recorder (DVR) for the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage, the register with check-in details and the documents, including an Aadhaar card of the victim, furnished at the time.

First Published: Jul 25, 2018 09:14 IST