Sarah Elizabeth, a 25 year old British woman, was allegedly murdered inside her room in the ‘New Beauty House Boat’ in Dal Lake in the wee hours of Saturday.
Kashmir Life’s Photo Editor Bilal Bahadur was among the first few to reach the spot and captures what happened after:
CRIME SCENE: Jammu and Kashmir police personnel questioning the owner of Houseboat “New Beauty” in Dal Lake where a young British woman was found murdered on Saturday morning.
VICTIM: An undated picture of Sara Elizabeth taken inside “New Beauty” houseboat where she was found murdered on Saturday morning.
HORROR: The body of the murdered woman wrapped in a blanket is taken out of the houseboat for post-mortem examination by the J&K police personnel.
Panic gripped the entire locality of houseboat owners as the news of murder spread in the area. Most of foreign tourists stay in the houseboats on Dal Lake in Srinagar city.
PAIN: A Kashmiri woman consoles Hafiza (with arms raised), the owner of Houseboat “New Beauty” where the British woman was found murdered on Saturday. Sara Elizabeth was staying with Hafiza’s family who, they say, used to treat her like a daughter.
ACTION: A large group of photojournalists gathered at the spot as Elizabeth’s body was shifted to an ambulance from where it was taken to Rainawari hospital in Srinagar for post-mortem examination.
SCENE: Eager onlookers watch the body being brought from other side of Dal in a motorboat to be taken to Rainawari hospital in an ambulance parked nearby.