IBM techie found murdered in her Bengaluru flat; suspect arrested near Gurgaon

Bengaluru: A 31-year-old woman techie was found murdered in her apartment here, after which a man was arrested from Gurgaon today. 

Kusuma Rani Singla, a software engineer with multinational company IBM, was found dead by her flatmate in their apartment in Kadugodi on Tuesday night.

Kusuma Rani Singla. Pic courtesy Kusuma Singla's Facebook page 

Singla, a divorcee hailing from Punjab, was transferred to the city six months ago from Noida.

In a swift action, one Sukhbir Singh was arrested from a place near Gurgaon with the help of local police in connection with the case, Additional Commissioner (Bengaluru-East) P Harishekaran said.

Singh and Singla were friends via social media. During a meeting with her, Singh is said to have demanded Rs 50,000 and a flight ticket from her which she refused, Harishekaran said.

Angered by this, he strangulated her to death using a laptop charger cord. A pen was also used in the crime, and an about two-inch deep wound is seen on her right eyebrow, he said.

"On January 19, Singh flew into Bengaluru from Delhi and went to Singla's house by 12:15pm. He was there till 3:30 pm," Harishekaran said.

An altercation erupted between the two that led to the murder of Singla, he said.

After the murder, Singh collected Singla's ATM cards and chequebooks and even withdrew Rs 11,000 using one of the debit cards before leaving to Delhi via Mumbai. 

Singh hails from Haryana and has worked as a software engineer with multinational companies but is currently unemployed, he said, adding he would be brought to the city. 

He said the motive of the murder was yet to be ascertained.

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