A beheaded body of a 15-year-old girl, recovered from a drain in a forest area in Jharkhand, has stoked suspicion of it being a case of murder after rape, said police. The body has been sent for post-mortem for confirmation of the suspicion.
The body was spotted by local villagers on Friday from Kanki Nala in Manikir forest on Kharsawan-Kuchai road under Dalbhanga police out post (OP) in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, police said on Saturday.
“We suspect the girl was raped before murder and beheaded later to hide her identity. We have sent the body to Seraikela Sadar Hospital for post-mortem and anything conclusively can be said only after we get the report,” Om Prakash Rajak, Dalbhanga OP in-charge, said Saturday morning.
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Rajak said they were searching the jungles even today for the head of the victim but could not trace it so far, making it difficult to establish her identity.
“We have interrogated local villagers but they could not identify the dead body. It’s only after we are able to establish the identity of the victim girl that we may be able to trace her address and family members and can unearth the motive behind the gruesome murder,” said Rajak.
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As per the available information, the beheaded minor was spotted by local villagers when they had gone into the Manikir jungles to cut woods.