Kolkata: A 60-year-old woman's body was found in the trunk of a yellow taxi by Kolkata Police. Police said that the vehicle in which the body was present managed to dodge several checkpoints in Kolkata in the early hours of Friday before being stopped by police in Chowbaga.

Police identified the body as that of Sujamani Gayen. The deceased was allegedly beaten with sticks and then strangled to death by her daughter-in-law and three others over a fight.

According to reports, Gayen is a resident of the Haridevpur area. She used to sell flowers outside the Kalighat temple. Police said Gayen had a very bitter relationship with her daughter-in-law Sujata.

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On Thursday, Sujata's mother Malina Mondal and her partner Ajay brought Sujamani to their Pragati Maidan house, a police official said. "Then, they gave her food laced with sleeping pills and after that Sujata along with her three family members thrashed and strangulated Sujamani to death," the official added.

After killing her, they allegedly stuffed the body in a sack along with vegetables and went out in a taxi to dump it. The taxi managed to dodge several checkpoints but was spotted by some policemen on patrol duty, they said. They stopped the taxi in Chowbaga area near Anandapur off EM Bypass, and asked the driver to open the trunk of the car.

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The head of the woman was first noticed by one of the policemen among the vegetables in the sack, the officer said. Ajay, who was in the taxi along with Malina, then tried to flee but was caught, the officer said.

Police said they have arrested Malina, Ajay, Sujata and her uncle Basu Mondal in connection with the killing.

A case has been registered and police have begun investigation.