Policemen and local residents peer into the septic tank in Hurhuru, Hazaribagh, from where the girl’s body was found on Saturday. Picture by Vishvendu Jaipuriar
Hazaribagh, April 19: The charred body of a teenaged girl with no clothes on was recovered from the septic tank of an under-construction building in a posh locality of Hazaribagh town today, giving rise to suspicion that she might have been raped before being murdered.
A few labourers, engaged in construction of the single-storeyed house belonging to one Buddhan Gope at Bank Colony in Hurhuru, spotted the body in the afternoon. They informed police, who rushed to the spot around 2pm and recovered the body from the newly built septic tank and sent it to sadar hospital for post-mortem.
Deputy superintendent of police Arvind Kumar, who also visited the spot and spoke to the labourers, said they were looking at several angles, including honour killing. “We have already started a probe and waiting for the post-mortem report to move ahead. It will be too early to reach any conclusion now. No girl was reported missing from this area,” he added.
Some people, who saw the body, said there was high possibility that the 16-year-old had been raped and murdered.
“I was shocked to see the condition of the body. It’s apparent that kerosene had been used to burn the body. Her face was completely charred. Her clothes — a Tshirt and a tracksuit — were found 13feet deep inside the septic tank,” said Mohammad Khalid, a social worker who went to the spot.
Local residents agreed.
“The girl was murdered and burnt to hide her identity,” one of them said.
Sources in sadar hospital, where the autopsy was done in the evening, said that the girl had been strangulated. “Her neck bone was found broken, which indicated that she was murdered in a gruesome manner. However, it was not possible to ascertain whether she was raped as her private parts had been completely burnt,” a member of the team that did the post-mortem revealed.
However, it will take some time to release the report.
This is not the first time that Hazaribagh has come to news for recovery of a body.
Last month, four charred bodies were found in a burnt car in Barkatha. Police later identified the dead as a couple from Cuttack and their two children. However, it is not clear whether they committed suicide or were murdered.