Delhi: In a shocking incident, A Class 12 girl was strangled to death by a teenager after a spat between them turned violent near a public park in north Delhi, police said on Thursday. The accused has been arrested.

The body of 17-year-old Shreya Sharma was found around 5 a.m. on Thursday in a lane near her house in Sector 17 of Rohini area of north Delhi, police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Rishi Pal said the accused Sarthak Kapoor, 18, was a year senior to Shreya in school.

The two met while she was on her way to her tuitions on Wednesday and went to a park in Sector 17 of Rohini around 5.30 p.m., Pal said.

“They then went to a nearby narrow lane where a scuffle took place between them. The accused strangled her and she died,” Pal said, adding that the boy panicked and rushed home leaving the body at the spot.

When the girl did not return home till 8.30 p.m., her father contacted Sarthak and his father. Initially, the former denied any knowledge but later confessed to having committed the crime.

The officer said that on Wednesday evening, Sarthak fought with Shreya over not talking to him and talking to other boys after which he attacked her and ended up killing her.

Meanwhile, Shreya’s father Yogesh told reporters, that the accused was a troublemaker and there had been complaints about him in the past also. “Yesterday I called his parents when she went missing, but he and his parents lied to me and said that they didn’t know anything,” he said after her last rites.

“Deceased Shreya, who topped CBSE exams from North Zone was being pestered, tortured and harassed by Kapoor and was also threatened with dire consequences if she even mixed with her other male friends”, said the DCP. After initial hesitation, Sarthak admitted to murdering the girl and took the police to the spot where he strangulated her, the police said.

“He was taken into custody for questioning and later confessed to his crime and led us to a spot near the park where the victim’s body was lying.” said Rishi Pal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini).

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