Body of an unidentified woman, estimated to be in her late 30s, was found lying on the roadside in Sector 18 near the Mall of India on Wednesday morning, the police said. Some passersby came across the body in a sack and informed the police.
“The body was found in a sack wrapped in cloth. The deceased was wearing a black burqa. There was an injury mark on the head. Her mouth was gagged with a piece of cloth,” said Dinesh Yadav, superintendent of police, Noida.
The police said the woman’s palms had “Shahida” and “Farooq” written in henna (mehendi). Investigators said there was an overpowering smell of kerosene or petrol at the spot where the body was lying. The police also found a piece of cloth wrapped around the neck and this has led them to suspect that the woman might have been strangled.
“It seems like the attackers wanted to burn the body but they failed in the attempt and dumped it in Sector 18. Circumstantial evidence suggests murder. Prima facie, it seems like the woman was murdered six to seven hours before the body was discovered,” Yadav said.
“A case under sections of murder was registered at the Sector 20 police station and a team was constituted to investigate the matter. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination, reports of which are awaited,” he said.
The investigators said they have not found any signs of scuffle at the spot.
”It seems like somebody dumped the body there. We are checking CCTV camera footage to get a clue about the suspects. About 20 CCTV cameras are there in the area and these are being checked. So far, we have not found any clue to identify the deceased,” said Rashid Ali, station house officer, Sector 20 police station.
The police have informed the neighbouring police stations about the incident and have sought details of missing women in the age group of 30-35 years.