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Raichur girl committed suicide, says chargesheet

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The Times Of India
17th July, 2019 09:25 IST

BENGALURU: The mysterious death of a 21-year-old engineering student in Raichur in April this year is a case of suicide, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has said in the chargesheet filed in a court on Tuesday. As per the chargesheet, the girl’s boyfriend Sudarshan Yadav is guilty of abetting her suicide.

SD Sharanappa, the investigating officer in the case, submitted the 1,068-page chargesheet to the 3rd additional judicial magistrate first class court in Raichur. It contains statements from 63 witnesses and lists 45 documents, including CCTV footage, as evidence.

Earlier, based on a complaint filed by the girl’s mother, Raichur police had arrested Yadav, who is now in judicial custody.

Additional director general of police, CID, KSR Charan Reddy told TOI they have filed the chargesheet mentioning it as a case of suicide and that Yadav has been named as an accused for abetting the act.

“Yadav was suspecting the woman. She was under pressure from her family to get married to a man of their choice. Despite repeated requests to get married immediately, Yadav kept postponing it. Poor academic performance too had deeply hurt the girl. These facts forced her to take the extreme step,” police said, quoting from the chargesheet.

The body, recovered on April 15, had burn marks. “The blazing Raichur sun caused the burn marks. People mistook it for a half-burnt body. Further, reports from forensic science laboratory showed there were no signs of sexual intercourse, rape or molestation. The death was due to hanging,” sources said, quoting from the FSL reports.

Went missing after she left for college

The girl had gone missing on April 13 after she left home for college. Her body was found on April 15 along with a suicide note written in Kannada . According to the note, she took the extreme step due to academic failure. However, her family claimed the note was fabricated and she had been doing well in studies. To examine her handwriting, police even collected samples of her II PU final exam answerscripts. Investigation confirmed the note was written by her.

Quoting from the chargesheet, sources said Yadav and the woman had an affair for five years. Differences started developing when she began forcing him to marry her. “Yadav had been postponing marriage, saying he didn’t have a proper job. Once, the woman forcibly took Yadav to Mantralaya, a pilgrimage spot, around 60km from Raichur. On reaching the temple, she pestered him to marry her there itself. Yadav, however, convinced her saying they’d get married soon and both returned home. On April 12, Yadav attacked the girl over the same issue. On April 13 morning, he fought with her and followed her to college. Upset over the fight, the girl went to the forest behind the college and hanged herself,” the sources added.

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