A man has been accused of brutally strangling his girlfriend to death for reportedly pressuring him to marry her in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India.

The accused, a 21-year-old man, was reportedly having an affair with the 19-year-old victim, a 12th-grade school student. On June 4, while she was returning home from her school, the suspect allegedly took her to a hotel on his bike.

While the couple spent time at the hotel, the victim reportedly exerted some pressure on the accused to marry her. This led to a heated argument between the couple during which, in a fit of rage, the accused strangled the woman to death. After strangling her to death, the accused took her body to his native Athwariwala village and buried her next to a drain with the help of a friend, the Times Of India reported.

The incident came to light after the victim's body was found near the drain at Athwariwala village under the Rehar Police Station limits on Saturday, June 25. A preliminary investigation revealed that the girl's family had approached the cops on June 16 to file a missing person complaint after the victim vanished on June 4.

In the complaint, the victim's family claimed that they suspected the involvement of a 21-year-old man from Athwariwala village as he frequently visited their house and that rumors about their "affair" were doing rounds in the village.

On Friday, June 24, the police officers picked up the accused for questioning. When the man was interrogated about his involvement in the death, he allegedly confessed to his crime and narrated the ordeal.

The accused's friend, who helped him bury the body, is still at large.

"The accused has been nabbed. Both are from different castes and villages. Police have also recovered a vehicle used in the crime," Bijnor Superintendent of police (SP) Dharamveer Singh said.

In a similar but unrelated incident, a man has been accused of killing his underage girlfriend out of anger, as she allegedly was speaking to another suitor using the smartphone that he had gifted her in Pakur district, Jharkhand, India on Sunday, April 3, Latin Times reported.

The accused, identified as 20-year-old Niman Soren, who had gifted the minor with a smartphone, started suspecting that his girlfriend was talking to another man on the phone. On Sunday evening, the man confronted the girl about his suspicions and allegedly asked the girl to return the phone that he had gifted her. However, when the girl refused to hand over the phone, the accused, in a fit of rage, allegedly slit her throat with a sharp object and killed her.

Following the violent incident, police officers reached the spot and launched an investigation into the murder. The authorities subsequently arrested the accused in Islampur village, Kankarbona in the Muffasil Police Station area.

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