Indian police are probing the killing of a social worker in New Delhi by her employers after she was accused of taking bribes in exchange for working on their projects.
The killing was reported on Thursday by the local daily Al Jazeera, quoting a police source.
The source added that an investigation has been opened into the death of Nisha Bhat, who was allegedly abducted by her employer, the state-owned Public Works Department.
The PWD has denied any involvement in the incident, and Bhat’s death has not been ruled out.
A PWD official has not yet been quoted as confirming Bhat was murdered.
“We are investigating the incident,” a PWD spokesman said.
“There is no evidence to suggest that this woman was murdered.”
The official added that the police have been informed and will be taking the necessary action.
Indian media reported Bhat had been accused of working for the state government in the past and was working on projects that included a new road.
She was also a social workers’ volunteer.
She had been working in the PWD’s social care and disaster management department for the past two years.
Police have said they have “no evidence” of the killing.
A report by the Indian Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in May 2016 said Bhat died in custody and the state police were investigating.
It also said the state’s justice minister had ordered an investigation into the incident.
Bhat left India in 2014 to visit relatives in Dubai.
She returned to India in December 2015 and was subsequently detained for allegedly taking bribes.
Bhatt was a social work professional with close ties to the government.
Her husband was arrested earlier this year, accused of corruption.
She and her family were on a visit to Dubai when she disappeared.
Police in the state capital, New Delhi, say they are investigating Bhat case as an “investigation of the death and subsequent disappearance of Nasha Bhat”.
“The investigation is ongoing and the details of the investigation are being kept under wraps,” a spokesperson for the Pwd told Al Jazeera.
Al Jazeera’s Ashish Kumar, reporting from New Delhi in India, said it is not clear what caused the death, which was not being treated as a suspicious death.
“I don’t think it’s a homicide, it could be suicide,” Kumar said.