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Engineering student in Karnataka's Raichur found hanging from a tree amid reports of rape and murder; police arrest one

The Karnataka Police has found the half-burnt body of a 23-year-old engineering student from Raichur who was reportedly raped and murdered and forced to write a suicide letter. According to local media reports, the victim's body was found hanging from a tree at the Manik Prabhu Temple in the city, days after she went missing last Saturday. One person has been arrested on the complaint of the victim's kin.

 Engineering student in Karnatakas Raichur found hanging from a tree amid reports of rape and murder; police arrest one

Police at the engineering college. ANI

She is reported to be a student of the Navodaya Institute of Technology in Raichur and her family has alleged that the murder was made to look like a suicide and lodged a complaint with the police at the Nethajinagar police station. There was a suicide note found along with the dead body which said: “I am the reason for my death.”

Meanwhile, some reports suggest that the accused, identified as Sudarshan Yadav, has been arrested by the police. However, students and locals continued to protest on the streets for justice. A hashtag — demanding probe in the matter and to bring media attention to the case — was also trending on Twitter.

Singer Chinmayi Sripaada tweeted that she has been receiving messages from the victim's classmates to highlight the matter. She later tweeted that as per the latest reports, the accused has been arrested.

The police have registered a case under IPC section 302 and 376 and an investigation is underway. “Sudharshan Yadhav has been suspected and is arrested. After two days the post-mortem reports will be out, only after the post-mortem report we will know the clear reason for her death,” SP D Kishore Babu told reporters.

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Updated Date: Apr 19, 2019 15:49:07 IST