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`Woman constable was killed'

Devesh K. Pandey

A hunt launched for a man known to the victim

A woman recruit in the Delhi police constabulary whose decomposed body was found in the fields near Jhajjar in Haryana last Friday was murdered. The police have now launched a hunt for a man known to the victim.

Taruna was recruited last year and was enrolled with the Police Training College here. She went missing on June 13. Last Friday the Haryana police found the decomposed body in the fields of Chhara village. The post-mortem conducted at PGI Hospital at Rohtak reportedly revealed that she had been shot in the chest and head.

On the basis of the post-mortem report, the Najafgarh police registered a case of abduction and murder on Saturday and launched a hunt for a resident of Najafgarh. Enquiries by the police revealed that Taruna was in close contact with the suspect, who is married, for the past few months.

It is learnt that the suspect is a local leader of a political party and had been previously booked in a case of alleged criminal assault at the Jafarpur Kalan police station.

The police suspect that on June 13 Taruna left the PTC premises to meet him. He allegedly took her to some place, shot her dead and then dumped her body in the fields. "The condition of the body suggests that Taruna was murdered the day she went missing," said a Haryana police officer.

Although the body was decomposed, the Haryana police were able to identify the victim from a mobile phone SIM card they recovered from her possession. Later, her father also identified the body as that of Taruna from her belongings. Interestingly, the Delhi police here had also found a suicide note from Taruna's PTC quarter.

Several police teams have been formed and raids are being mounted in and outside the Capital to trace the suspect.

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