A passerby raised the alarm after seeing the suitcase near a canal in Ashok Nagar, east Delhi, in India on Tuesday night.
When he opened the case he found the woman’s body with multiple slashes on her face, reports NDTV.
Police have not been able to identify her, but said she had the word ‘Mohit’ tattooed on her right hand in Hindu, which reportedly translates to ‘ensnarled by beauty’ or can be a boy’s name.
CCTV is being analysed in the area but officers believe she was killed elsewhere and the suitcase with her body inside was later dumped in the canal.
Police official Pankaj Kumar Singh said: “A PCR call was received at 8pm about a suspicious, abandoned suitcase near a drain on Dharamshila Road.
“The body of a woman, aged 25-30 years, was found inside. She had injury marks on her face and a tattoo on her right hand that read ‘Mohit.’ Preliminary investigation revealed that the incident took place the same day.
“Her clothes were intact… Prima facie there appears to be no sexual assault, but we will know more when the post-mortem report is out.”
Chandu, 40, a vegetable seller, told Indian Express: “On Tuesday night, I saw many police cars and a fire engine.
“There were rumours that the suitcase had a bomb, but there was a body inside.”