The 22-year-old daughter of an assistant sub-inspector of Nagpur was allegedly gang-raped and murdered by two of her friends in Ambernath, Maharashtra, on Monday, 4 September.
Both the accused, a Nikhilesh Patil (24) and Akshay Valode (25), have been arrested. Their friend as well as the complainant in the case, Nilesh Khobragade, has also been taken into custody for destruction of evidence.
According to reports, the victim, an IT engineer, decided to meet Patil in Pune on Sunday, 3 September.
Patil drove down to Pune with Khobragade and met the victim on Monday. From there, the trio left for Mumbai and decided to visit Valode on the way in Ambernath. Police sources reportedly said that Patil and Valode raped the woman when Khobragade was not present in the house.
"The two gang-raped the victim at the house. When she threatened to lodge a complaint, one of the accused strangulated her and stuffed her body into a suitcase," HT quoted an investigating police officer as saying.
The two accused, along with Khobragade, then left for Goa and on the way dumped the body near Belgaum, Karnataka. Suspicious of his friends' activities, Khobragade questioned the duo, and it was then that Patil and Valode confessed their crime.
"All the three accused have been arrested and handed over to the Thane police," Pranay Ashok, the Superintendent of Police (SP), Ratnagiri, reportedly said.
They have been booked under section 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 302 (murder), 201 (destroying evidence), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
The Maharashtra and Karnataka police are now jointly investigating the case.
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