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Minor girl found dead in Bengal’s Asansol three days after abduction

On Monday afternoon, the victim’s father who is a government employee, received a text message from her phone demanding a ransom of Rs 15 lakh for her release.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2019 18:35 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Midnapore
The 17-year-old girl was kidnapped on Saturday when she had gone out for tuition.
The 17-year-old girl was kidnapped on Saturday when she had gone out for tuition.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
         

Three days after she was kidnapped, the body of a 17-year-old girl was found beside a dustbin on a road Tuesday morning in Bengal’s Asansol town, over 200 km Northwest of Kolkata, police said.

The victim’s clothes were torn and the body bore injury marks. Her family suspects that she was possibly sexually assaulted before being murdered. The victim’s house is around 4 km away from where her body was dumped.

“Her wrist was slashed. We have initiated a probe. The body has been sent for post mortem to ascertain whether she was raped as suspected by her family,” said D P Singh, commissioner, Asansol-Durgapur Police.

The tenth standard student had left home Saturday afternoon saying she was going to a tutor in the adjoining Burnpur town. She reportedly boarded a bus.

Her family lodged a complaint with the police on Saturday night when she did not return. The complaint mentioned that her mobile phone had been switched off. On Sunday, the local police questioned a few people but could not trace the girl.

On Monday afternoon, the victim’s father who is a government employee, received a text message from her phone. It said the girl had been abducted and would be freed only if the family paid Rs 15 lakh. The message also asked the family not to inform the police.

The victim’s phone was switched off immediately after the message arrived. The family ignored the warning and informed the police. “The police failed to free my daughter,” the girl’s father said.

First Published: Aug 13, 2019 18:35 IST

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