Body of woman tourist from Delhi recovered: police

Dehradun: A badly decomposed body of a woman was today recovered from the Yamuna river in Uttarkashi district with the police claiming it could be that of the Delhi-based tourist who was allegedly raped and murdered along with her male companion by a taxi driver and three others.

"The body of a woman was recovered by a joint search party of the police and SDRF from the river about 2 km beyond
Damta in Uttarkashi district at around 10.30 AM. We are very sure that the body belongs to the woman tourist from Delhi who was dumped after being murdered into the river," Uttarkashi Superintendent of Police J R Joshi told PTI.

However, he said the body is yet to be identified by the woman's family which is likely to arrive at Purola this evening.
The decomposed body has been kept at Purola hospital, the SP added.

The body of the woman's male companion who had also been murdered was recovered on October 30 itself. A taxi driver and his three accomplices allegedly raped and killed a woman tourist from Delhi and her companion who had gone missing from the state capital over a fortnight ago while returning from Tiger Falls about 30 km from Chakrata on October 23 during a trip to Uttarakhand.

They first strangulated the woman's male companion, then raped her and robbed them before disposing of their bodies at
two different places, police sources said.

The 27-year-old woman was pushed into the Yamuna river near Lakhamandal whereas her 24-year-old companion named
Avijit was pushed off a cliff about 2 kms away from there, they said.

All the four accused have been arrested and one of them has confessed to raping the woman before killing her, a police
source said. The woman, who taught at a school in Gurgaon and her male companion, a resident of Dumdum in Kolkata, had arrived in Dehradun on Oct 21 to celebrate diwali and left the next day for Chakrata, about 135 km from here after hiring a taxi.

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