Panchkula: Woman’s body found in car, 3 held

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2016 12:06 IST

A body of a Mumbai woman was found in a Lancer car’s boot near Industrial Area in Panchkula on Wednesday. The victim has been identified as Saira Bano and is around 25-year-old, said police.

The police have arrested three people, including Manohar Lal Gupta, a resident of Sector 56, his driver Rajan and Rajan’s wife Payal, after registering a murder case.

According to police, Manohar was going to dispose of Bano’s body in a Lancer car on Wednesday morning around 5am. The body was tied, wrapped in a bedsheet, kept in a gunny bag and covered with vegetables.

Finding it suspicious, PCR official Darshan Singh stopped Gupta near Amartex Chowk. On being asked, Gupta said he was going to dispose of some rotten vegetables. But when the PCR official checked the car and turned the gunny bag, a hand came out.

Gupta was in an inebriated condition and was nabbed on the spot, the cop added. On being questioned, he revealed the names of Rajan and his wife Payal, both residents of Sector 10, Panchkula. The police then rushed to Sector 10 house to arrest the duo.

As per sources, Bano had been staying with Gupta for the last two years. Gupta had remained in jail for 18 months in the past in connection with a rape case. He was allegedly running a flesh trade racket, said the police.

Gupta said he had drinks with the victim on Monday night and next morning she found her dead on the bed. But police are suspecting that there was a quarrel between Gupta and Bano over going to a customer on Tuesday night.

The cause of death would be clear after post-mortem, but primary investigations suggest that she was strangulated.

“We have registered a case under Sections 302 (for murder), 201 (for disappearance of evidence) and 34 (act done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC,” said station house officer (SHO) Sector 20 police station Inspector Ajit Singh.

The police had contacted victim’s sister, but later her phone was switched off. According to procedure, the police have to wait for 72 hours for family members of Bano before conducting the post-mortem.

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