Malda, Sept. 22: The body of a homemaker, suspected to have been raped and murdered, was found floating in a creek near Malda town last night, her body unclothed, her hands and legs tied with ropes and a piece of cloth wound round her neck.
The body of the 30-year-old woman, who had a two-year-old daughter, was found 500m from her home in Gajole, 30km from Malda town. The lady’s husband is a day labourer in Kerala. Till late tonight there was no news on whether he had come to Malda.
According to sources in Gajole police station, the woman’s father filed a complaint on Thursday morning that said she was missing since Wednesday. On Thursday morning, the lady’s daughter had told her grandfather,who lived nearby, that she had not seen her mother after waking up.
The police could not say whether the woman was taken away from her home or allegedly raped and murdered when she had stepped out of her hut.They said that last night, villagers found the body of the woman, unclothed and her hands and tied with ropes, floating in a creek in Gajole. The father of the missing woman went to the spot and identified her.
According to Parimal Saha, the officer in charge of Gajole police station, the police went to the village last night and took the body to Malda Medical College and Hospital for post-mortem.
“The father has identified the body. He has also filed a complaint that she was brutally raped and murdered. We found that the body had started to decompose as it was in the water for so long. There are indications that she was strangled to death as there was a cloth tied round the neck. The crime was committed by more than one person and whether she was raped will only be revealed in the autopsy,” Saha said. “We have got three names and an investigation is on.”
Sources in Gajole police station said the marriage to the day labourer was the woman’s second. “She had been married to a person in Bamungola, also in Malda, seven years ago. But that marriage ended. She married again four years ago. But she fell out with her husband and in-laws and was living near her father’s home. Her father had made a small hut in the village for her to stay,” an investigating officer said.
The officer said the father of the woman had expressed suspicion of his son-in-law’s hand in the alleged rape and murder. The police did not clarify if the woman’s husband was mentioned in the FIR her father had filed. “The victim’s father also suspects her husband, who he says is away in Kerala working as a labourer. We are also investigating that angle,” the officer added.
Malda police superintendent Kalyan Mukherjee said: “We have sent the body for post-mortem. The police have also got certain leads that we are not going to reveal for the sake of investigation.”