Body in suitcase: Seerat asked domestic help to clean bloodstains
On March 19, just like any other day, she came to work at 8.30am. However, she noticed bloodstains on the stairs leading to their first floor space. She saw bloodstains on the courtyard too.punjab Updated: Jul 21, 2017 16:31 IST
Out of the 54 witnesses who will be cross-examined , the testimony of the domestic help, Pooja, will be closely watched during the trial in the Ekam murder case from next month.
In the charge sheet, her statement read that she was hired for daily chores after the couple shifted to the first floor of a rented accommodation in Phase 3B1 early in March.
On March 19, just like any other day, she came to work at 8.30am. However, she noticed bloodstains on the stairs leading to their first floor space. She saw bloodstains on the courtyard too.
Pooja has stated that when she inquired about the bloodstains, Seerat shrugged it off saying the blood was hers as she injured her arm last night. “I even cleaned the bloodstains on Seerat’s directions,” she added.
The domestic help also stated that when she went inside the house to get on with her regular work, Seerat stopped her from entering the rooms. “I was only allowed to clean the drawing room and other open areas,” she said.
She added, “Madam (Seerat) looked upset during the time I was in the house.” She further stated that it was later in the day she came to know that something was wrong inside the house and that Madam had reportedly murdered her husband.
According to the charge sheet, on March 19, police took custody of Ekam’s body that was bundled inside a suitcase outside the house at 10.30am, one and a half hours after Pooja left.
SEERAT TRIED TRICKING AUTO-RICKSHAW DRIVER
The matter came to light when an auto-rickshaw driver alerted police after Seerat sought his help in placing the suitcase inside a BMW car. While placing the suitcase inside the car, his hands were stained with blood. Alarmed, he soon informed police.
The charge sheet also recorded the statement of the auto-rickshaw driver, Tul Bhadur. He stated that both his hands and his right foot were stained with blood. He added that Seerat tried tricking him by saying her hand was injured due to which the suitcase also had blood on it.
Tul Bahadur also stated that he washed his hands and feet from a water bottle inside his vehicle and talked to police about his experience soon after he left.
The auto-rickshaw driver will be among the first witnesses to be cross-examined when the trial begins from August 17.
SALON ATTENDANT HEARD SEERAT TALK TO HER MOTHER
The charge sheet also has a statement of an attendant who works in a salon in Phase 3B2. She attended to Seerat later on March 19. The attendant stated that Seerat looked normal when she entered the salon. She added that after a hair wash, Seerat borrowed the phone from another attendant. “I heard her saying, ‘Mama, kindly take the kids with you and also stuff from last night’,” said the attendant, adding that Seerat was supposed to meet someone after the phone call.
First Published: Jul 21, 2017 16:31 IST