Noida police detain two persons for questioning

A 22-year-old woman was found strangled to death near Sector 63 in neighbouring Noida on Saturday. Two persons have been detained for questioning.

Though the post-mortem report has not conclusively confirmed rape and the vaginal swab report is awaited, the police have registered a case under Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and 201 (disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code.

The murder came to light when an unidentified man made a call to the Police Control Room saying a young woman was lying dead near Chotpur village. A PCR van along with a forensic team reached the spot and found the partially covered body of the woman with strangulation marks around the neck. She was later identified to be a resident of Chotpur.

The woman, who worked as a tailor in a nearby garments factory, left for home as usual after working hours, but did not reach home. When she could not be located, the family approached the police. The body was spotted by some locals.

Police sources said the woman usually carries a mobile phone along but left the gadget behind on Friday morning as it was not charged. “She left home at 8.30 a.m. on Friday for work. After the working hours were over, she took an autorickshaw on her way back and was dropped some distance away from her home. The garments factory records show that the woman left the factory at 8.55 p.m.,” the sources said.

“Two persons have been detained and are being interrogated. We have definite leads and hope to crack the case in 24 hours,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (Noida) Praveen Kumar.

Family members, relatives and neighbours of the victim staged a protest on the National Highway-24 demanding prompt action by the police.

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