24/05/2016 5:44 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

A Month After She Jumped To Death, Ritu Yadav's Father Holds On To Her Body

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The father of a woman who allegedly committed suicide a month ago has preserved her body in chemicals and natural oils, demanding a fresh round of investigation to rule out possibilities of murder.

Ritu Yadav, daughter of Vishambhar Yadav, allegedly jumped to death on April 20 from the 17th floor flat she shared with her three roommates in Noida. According to her roommates, Ritu had apparently been caught shoplifting and was scared of facing her parents.

In a note she left behind the 21-year-old engineering student has accused her roommates of mentally and physically torturing her. This has prompted her father to believe that she was murdered and therefore he has preserved her body with natural oils and chemicals in his mango orchard in Kannauj. The father wants another round of autopsy to be conducted to rule out murder.

The roommates have been arrested for abetting Ritu’s suicide and sent to jail and the police have filed a charge sheet.

“My daughter had called and told me that the other girls had harassed and beat her in the presence of a boy on the night of April 18,” Yadav told Hindustan Times. “She told me that she was hit with a beer bottle. I told her and the other girls not to fight. I also told them that I will reach Noida soon.”

The father refuses to cremate the body as he insists the police botched up the case by conducting postmortem in his absence.

“The body will not be cremated till another autopsy is conducted at the Agra forensic lab. We have approached the chief minister as well,” Hindustan Times reported, quoting Deepankar Yadav, the girl’s uncle.

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