Ghaziabad: A 28-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday by Ghaziabad Police for trying to dump the partially decomposed body of his live-in partner after stuffing into a suitcase.
Police said that the woman was murdered around two days ago, but on late Tuesday night, the accused tried to dump her rotting body after he claimed to have found that she committed suicide at their residence.
According to police, the incident took place in Vandana Enclave society in Khora area of Ghaziabad, where the victim Jyoti Verma – a native of Ludhiana district in Punjab – lived in a rented apartment in with her partner Shivam Vidhi. Verma worked in a famous salon in Delhi, cops added.
Police said that the incident came to light when the accused was discovered to be carrying the suitcase in a car, as it was giving a strong stench.
"A few locals felt a foul smell coming out of the suitcase and stopped the car to see into it. However, the accused fled away the spot, leaving the car behind. They immediately alerted police and a police team reached the spot and recovered the woman's partially decomposed body after breaking a window pane of the car" said a senior police officer.
Police have sent the body for post-mortem and, on later on Wednesday, arrested the accused from Khora area.
"Following the arrest, we interrogated the accused, upon which he told us that the woman used to remain upset over his drinking habit and often they used to fight with each other.
"He further revealed that two days ago, when he returned home, he found her hanging from the ceiling fan. Out of fear, he decided not to tell anyone and dumped her body after stuffing it into the suitcase," a senior police officer said.
Police are now waiting for the post-mortem reports to ascertain whether the woman was murdered or she committed suicide.
"The body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem, reports of which are awaited. We have informed her family members and will register a case based on the complaint received," said Dharmendra Kumar, station house officer, Khora police station.