Sopore girl murdered by her ‘boyfriend’

Srinagar: Police on Tuesday claimed to have solved a blind murder case of a 22-year-old girl who was found dead in an orchard on November 22 in the outskirts of North Kashmir’s Sopore town. Two people have been arrested in this regard, one of whom had a love affair with the deceased.

The primary accused ‘confessed to the crime’ while admitting that he committed the crime with the assistance of his friend.

Information about their relationship surfaced during investigation when call records of both the deceased and the accused revealed that they used to converse on phone for long time during nights. “They had developed this relationship at their workplace – a private school in Sopore – where the deceased was working as a helper and the accused as a driver”, police said.

The accused revealed to police that he suspected her [deceased] of having a love affair with some other person and as such had developed ill and resentment against her.

Giving details about the murder, police said that the accused along with his friend picked the victim up in a vehicle from Sopore town and forcibly took her to an orchard near village Seelu. “The accused assaulted her in the vehicle… and strangulated her with her head scarf to death”, police said. The girl had resisted and tried to call for help after sensing their bad intentions, but they overpowered her, police added.

The accused threw her body in an orchard after committing the crime. “The mobile phone of the girl was recovered by police from the possession of the [friend of main accused]”, police said.

Pertinently, the murder came into limelight on November 22 when people informed police of a dead body lying in an orchard following which police registered a case and started the investigation.