Beltangady, July 29: A 19 year old girl’s dead body was found floating in a well in the neighbourhood of her home on the night of Sunday July 27.
Shobhita, the deceased teenager is a second year degree student of Punjalakatte government first Grade College. She is the daughter of Santappa Poojary from Adarsh Nagar in Belalu village. The girl reportedly had left home after telling her mother that she would return after watching television programme in a neighbouring house.
The girl had left home at around 6.30 pm for watching television programme, when she visited a nearby house for the same, an aged lady was alone in that house, it is learnt. After watching television, she is said to have come out, and told the lady that she wanted a flower plant, before heading home.
The old lady was under the impression that the girl had returned home, but was shocked to learn later that she had died within minutes after she came out.
On the basis of a complaint filed by Keshava Poojary, brother of Shobhita, a case was registered by the policemen of the town station. The complaint suspects that the student would have slipped and fallen into the well accidentally.
Poojary said in his complaint that the family went in search of the girl, as she did not return after watching television programmes. Her body was found floating in the well of a house belonging to a neighbour named Sanjeeva Acharya.
The case would be mysterious considering the following fact, firstly the girl was good at studies and family members say she wouldn’t commit suicide. Secondly, the girl’s body was floating in water, although the family members reached the spot within a short time after her death. Thirdly, those who drown normally consume lot of water, but in this case, no water was found in Shobhita’s stomach.
After the villagers expressed suspicion, the policemen questioned a person from the village, but let him go after being unable to find any clue about his possible involvement in the girl’s death. Post-mortem was conducted at Mangalore and further investigations are on.