Murder whiff in Sweta case

People gherao Bharalumukh police station in Guwahati on Tuesday. (UB Photos)

Guwahati: Multiple injuries on the body of college student Sweta Agarwala, 20, has led police to suspect murder.

The charred body of Sweta, a fifth semester BCom student of K.C. Das Commerce College, was recovered from the bathroom of the rented house of her friend Govind Singhal, 21, at Santipur here on Monday evening. Initially the police considered the suicide angle but preliminary investigation has turned the needle of suspicion towards Govind and his family members.

“Investigations so far point towards murder. During inquest, apart from burn wounds, other injuries, including cut marks, were found on her body, which she could not have suffered because of fire. There were blood stains on her body too. Possibility of rape or sexual assault before her death could not be ruled out as injury marks were also seen on the lower part of her body,” a police source said.

The autopsy was conducted at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital here on Tuesday. The report is awaited.

The police have arrested Govind, his mother Kamla Devi, 48, and his sister Bhavani, 23. They were produced in the court on Tuesday evening and remanded in five days’ police custody, assistant commissioner of police, Jalukbari, Ponjit Duara told The Telegraph.

A case has been registered in this connection at Bharalumukh police station under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) of the IPC.

Sweta’s family, in their police complaint, alleged that she was abducted on her way back from college on Monday afternoon, as her cell phone was unreachable, and remained untraced till police recovered her body from Govind’s house in the evening.

Govind, a BCom fifth semester student of Royal School of Commerce here, was attending coaching classes for Chartered Accountancy exams with Sweta at an institute in Chatribari. There were rumours of an affair between them. Monday’s incident was a result of the relationship gone sour, sources said.

Sweta’s family, however, denied any knowledge of her affair with Govind.

Her mother, Sunita Agarwala, other family members and neighbours gathered on G.S. Road on Tuesday afternoon to demand justice for Sweta. They demanded that those responsible for her death be hanged.

Additional reporting by Manash Pratim Dutta

PANKAJ SARMA Telegraph India

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