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Girl body in ditch, finger at cousin

Balurghat, Oct. 7: A 17-year-old girl’s body was found in a roadside ditch near Tapan today, a night after her family got a call from her phone and heard her cries for help.

The girl’s family alleged that she was raped and murdered and have named her distant cousin, Anwar Hussain, in the FIR as the main accused.

Today, around 5.30 am,local people spotted the girl’s body in a village ditch in Tapan, 19km from here.

“Like any other day I was going to Tapan with three, four others early in the morning. We saw something floating in a ditch. It was a body with the head submerged in the water. We got scared and raised an alarm,” said Nasimuddin Mandal, a villager who works in Tapan.

According to the girl’s family, the Class XII girl had been missing since yesterday evening.

“My sister left home around 6pm. She told us that she would be back in half an hour. After one and a half hours we got a call from her cellphone. When I took the call, I heard a scream and after that the line got disconnected. We tried to call her several times after that but her cellphone was switched off,” said the girl’s elder sister.

She said the family hunted for her sister in the area but could not find her.

“This morning, local people informed us that a body was found in a nearby ditch (40m from the house). We rushed to the spot and identified the body. We think she was raped and murdered,” the elder sister said.

The family said Anwar was the prime suspect.

“Anwar is a distant cousin and he used to come to our house often. Whenever he came, he used to tease my sister. We were fed up and my father asked him not to come to our house. But he paid no attention. Yesterday he was roaming near our house. We think Anwar raped my sister and then killed her,” said the elder sister.

Today the girl’s family lodged an FIR with Tapan police.

“It seems the girl was strangled to death, as there are injury marks on her neck,” said a police source.

Additional police superintendent Jaqlin Dorzi said: “It seems the girl was strangled to death. We will get the details after the post-mortem.” Anwar, a resident of the same village, is absconding.

“Anwar used to come to my house often. Had I been a little more cautious, I might not have lost my daughter,” said the girl’s father.