Over four months after the decomposed body of a 19-year-old woman was recovered from the Narmada Canal in Chhani, the family of the deceased has approached police seeking a reinvestigation into the death.
Prerna Sharma’s family alleged she was murdered by a family acquaintance she was last seen with on the day of her death in March. Her father Kharakpal Sharma on Monday sat on dharna outside the Vadodara Police Bhavan, seeking reinvestigation into the case, which has been probed at the Bapod police station and dismissed as a case of “accidental death”.
“For over four months, I have been petitioning the National Commission for Women, State Home Department, Chief Minister, Home Minister, Prime Minister, and the police, which has been turning me away saying that the probe is complete. We have been saying from the first day that my daughter’s death was not an accident. She was murdered by an acquaintance, in what is made to look like an accident. She was last seen with him near the canal,” Sharma said.
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Prerna’s decomposed body was recovered by the Fatehgunj police station from the Narmada Canal in Chhani on March 25, four days after she went missing. The family alleged that officials of the Bapod police station “did not pay heed” to their complaints when Prerna had not returned from work on the evening of March 21.
According to the family, Abhay Palas, the man they have accused of murder, had taken Prerna away on a motorcycle on March 21 and he went missing after the incident. He was picked up by the Jarod police from the Vadodara railway station, where he had arrived after being on the run for two days at Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The Jarod police station was investigating a missing person complaint filed by his wife.
Palas had told the police that he was on the run as he was “scared” of being framed and that he was picked up by the Jarod police from the Vadodara railway station where he reached after being on the run for two days in Indore. He told police Prerna had been swept away by the currents in the canal while allegedly trying to retrieve her mobile phone that had fallen into the water when they were sitting near the canal.
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