Confirming suspicions, 25-year-old Saira Bano was allegedly smothered by the accused Manohar Lal Gupta, the police said on Friday.
The post-mortem report of the victim stated that she suffered head injury, which led to internal bleeding. She was smothered to death, police said.
Gupta was running a flesh trade racket and Bano was working with him, police said. Bano’s body was found from his car’s boot when he was going to dispose it of in the wee hours on Wednesday near industrial area here.
According to the post-mortem, Bano suffered head injury which led to internal bleeding, but she was smothered to death.
“On Tuesday night at Rajan’s (another accused) house in sector 10 here, she asked for her dues, which amounted to around Rs 1.5 lakh. Gupta refused to pay her. It led to a quarrel between them,” said Station House Officer (SHO), Sector 20 police station, Ajit Singh.
As Bano was screaming, he pressed against her mouth, and also put a handkerchief. In a fit of rage, he hit her. She fell down and her head hit something hard due to which she became unconscious.
After that Gupta went to sleep. And in the wee hours of Wednesday, with the help of Rajan and his wife Payal, he packed the body in a gunny bag and went out to dispose, SHO added.
Bano had come from Mumbai to Chandigarh a few months back in search for work. Owing to financial constraints she took to flesh trade.
She came in contact with Nishant, who was into flesh trade.
Later, she met Gupta, the prime accused, who was earlier in jail too for 18 months in connection with a rape case registered at Ropar.
On Friday, post-mortem was conducted as no one from her family came.
The police were likely to wait till Saturday for any family member after which it would conduct the burial.
All the three accused in the case, are charged for murder, will be produced before the court on January 20.