Seerat Kaur is accused of killing her husband, Ekam Singh Dhillon. His body was discovered after a rickshaw driver noticed blood dripping from the suitcase Kaur had asked him to lift into the trunk of her car. (Facebook photo)

CHANDIGARH —A 35-year-old woman was arrested by the Punjab Police for allegedly killing her husband and then packing his body into a large suitcase to dump it. The suitcase was found in the couple's BMW.

The accused, Seerat Kaur, who is closely related to a former Congress legislator, was arrested in Mohali, 10 kilometers from Chandigarh, Mohali police officials said March twentieth.

Seerat was booked for the murder of her 40-year-old husband, Ekam Singh Dhillon. She allegedly used a 0.9mm pistol to shoot him in the head late March 18 night.

The couple had been married for 12 years and had two children, aged 10 and six years. Their relationship had become strained in the past few years.

The couple had moved to the house in Phase 3B1 of Mohali only 15 days earlier. Ekam was a property dealer.

The murder was discovered March 19 when Seerat allegedly tried to move Ekam's body in a large suitcase to throw it into an irrigation canal.

The victim, who was six feet three inches tall, was bundled inside the suitcase, his body still bleeding.

"She sought the help of a local auto-rickshaw driver in keeping the suitcase in the car. As they were doing so, the auto driver found blood trickling out of the suitcase on his fingers. He left the place and informed the police," a Mohali police officer said.

Before police arrived, Seerat fled as she apparently could not find the car keys in time.

Ekam's father, Jaspal Singh Dhillon, refused to cremate the body after post-mortem examination on March 20, saying that because of Seerat's political influence, the Punjab Police officers were not dealing with the murder case properly.

He and other family members of the deceased alleged that Ekam had been under stress the past few months due to strained relations with Seerat.

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