A 17-year-old II pre-university student was raped and murdered in Dharmasthala on Tuesday night.

The police gave the name of the victim as Soujanya, a student of SDM College, Ujire.

The police said Soujanya boarded a bus from her college and got down at a bus stop near Naturopathy College, but did not reach home. Her father filed a complaint with the Belthangady police.

On Wednesday morning, a few people saw her body in the forest adjoining the naturopathy college.

Assistant Superintendent of Police M.N. Anucheth said the marks on her body indicated that she had been tied.

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