A 40-year-old woman from Tiruchi has moved the Madras High Court bench here seeking transfer of probe into her 12-year-old-daughter’s death from the Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

In her petition, P. Mahaboo Nissa claimed that her daughter A. Thoufik Sulthana, an eighth standard student, was found dead, with her body parts mutilated, under mysterious circumstances on a railway track in Tiruchi on August 13, 2008.

Railway police had registered a case under Section 174 (suspicious death) of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) and the case was transferred to the Edamalaipatti police for investigation.

The family came to know from Ms. Sulthana’s friends that she was followed by two men for two days prior to her death and the police were informed about the persons who had stalked the teenager, but the police failed to inquire the stalkers and take them into custody, she said.

According to Ms. Nissa, her daughter could have been raped and murdered elsewhere and body parts scattered on the railway track, because there were no traces of blood near the track. The petitioner also expressed apprehension that Ms. Sulthana could have been killed for human sacrifice.

Based on a representation submitted by a social worker, the Director General of Police had transferred the probe to the CB-CID, but to date there was no progress in the investigation, she claimed.

The CB-CID sleuths failed to alter the case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code and did not conduct an inquiry to trace the accused, she added. Therefore, she pleaded with the court to transfer the case to the CBI.