'We love each other': Man suspected of rape, murder, found hanging from tree

The tragic sequence of events began on Friday when the body of a 22-year-old woman was discovered in a hotel room.

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In a tragic incident that has left the community in shock, the body of a man suspected of raping and murdering a woman from Shahjahanpur was found hanging from a tree in a village in Pilibhit district. The police made this grim discovery on Saturday. The investigation took a critical turn when the police found two videos featuring the deceased, Shubham Shukla.

In these videos, Shubham claimed that both he and the woman had committed suicide because they loved each other but couldn't be together due to his marital status. 

Woman's body found in hotel

The tragic sequence of events began on Friday when the body of a 22-year-old woman was discovered in a hotel room. According to the First Information Report (FIR), the woman had checked into the hotel, located in the Kotwali police station area, with Shubham Shukla, a resident of Pilibhit. She was found dead by hotel staff the next morning, while Shubham was missing at the time.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Ashok Kumar Meena provided more details, saying, "This morning we received information that the body of a man named Shubham Shukla was found hanging from a neem tree in the forest of Padariya village under Puranpur police station in Pilibhit district."

What is the root cause?

SP Meena revealed that in one of the videos, Shubham is seen standing near the woman's body. He explained that they both loved each other deeply but couldn't get married because Shubham was already married. Shubham claimed that the woman suggested they commit suicide together.

"In the video, Shubham Shukla is allegedly saying, 'We both loved each other and hence we took this step... no one else is at fault in this,'" SP Meena stated. The police are treating this video as a crucial piece of evidence in understanding the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

Ongoing investigation

The police have launched a thorough investigation to determine the exact sequence of events and the validity of Shubham's claims. They are also exploring the possibility of foul play, given the sensitive nature of the case.