In what could turn out to be a Delhi-type horror-on-wheels case, the police have on Thursday recovered the body of an unidentified young woman, with no cloths on and throat slit, from near Virar Phata on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.
Though it is too early to say if the victim, around 25 years old, was raped before being murdered, the police are not ruling out such a possibility given the fact that the body was found naked. It is suspected that the crime has taken place on a moving vehicle from which the perpetrators have thrown the body on that secluded stretch of the highway.
According to the police, the body bore severe head injuries which could be post-mortem. They believe she might have been smothered before her throat was slit and the body thrown out of the vehicle. The head injuries could be the result of the fall.
“The body was spotted by a villager who informed us immediately. We reached the spot and found the body with head injuries and a deep cut on the throat. The body was naked and, except for bangles, had no signs or marks on it for identification,” said Chandrakant Jadhav, senior police inspector, Virar police station. The body has been sent to JJ Hospital for post-mortem, he added. “We are awaiting the autopsy report for a clear picture. As of now, the possibility of rape cannot be ruled out,” said Jadhav.
Meanwhile, the police have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the IPC against unknown persons. Kherpada near Virar Phata, where the body was dumped, is a small village with less public movement. This is why the murderers chose the area to dump the body, said a police officer.