In a gruesome incident that has come to light from Hyderabad, a 26-year-old woman was found dead inside a water sump at her house in the city's Miyapur area, three days after she went missing.
Police said that the woman had been identified as Shazia, a housewife. Investigation officials suspect that her husband was behind the murder. Ironically, it was the woman's husband who had filed a 'missing' complaint with the Miyapur police on Monday.
According to reports, Shazia and Tajuddin were married seven years ago. As she had gone missing on Monday morning, Shaziaâ€™s brothers enquired about her whereabouts and got into an argument with her husband, before filing a police complaint, alleging that she was being harassed for dowry by her in-laws.
The police, who went through CCTV footage in the area, noticed that Shazia had not stepped out of her house. Following this, officials visited her house and found her decomposed body inside the water sump. They identified her with the help of her family members.
The body was sent to the state-run Gandhi Hospital for a post-mortem and the report is expected within a week to 10 days.
Speaking to TNM, Miyapur Police Inspector Venkatesh Shamala said, "A case has been registered under Section 304 B (Dowry death) of the IPC. Viscera have been preserved and we have sent samples to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for an analysis as well. A diatoms (body) test is also being conducted to find out if she drowned in the sump or was killed elsewhere and dumped there."
Reports suggest that the accused had locked his house and fled after filing the complaint. Asked if he was in their custody, the police officer refused to comment saying, "The investigation is underway and more details will be revealed soon."