Perfume designer Monika Ghurde was murdered yesterday at her home in North Goa's Sangolda village. Police suspect that she was raped and then murdered. Her hands and legs were found tied to a bed, they said. The house is burgled but we can't ascertain what things are stolen from the flat as she was living alone. All pics/Monica's Instagram account
Three days after her naked body was found in her apartment in Sangolda village, Goa, the police in a joint operation between Goa, Mangalore and Bengaluru teams nabbed one Rajkumar Singh, a 21-year-old Bhatinda native, in Bengaluru.
Police tracked down the alleged killer, a 21-year-old man, and arrested him from a hotel in Bengaluru today, a top official said.
Rajkumar Singh, who hails from Punjab, was a security guard here and had worked in a building complex where Ghurde stayed earlier. "The accused was arrested from Bengaluru, where he had checked into a hotel after committing the crime," Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta told reporters.
The fashion designer-turned-perfumer had been living alone in the flat since July last. Gupta said police lodged a murder case after her estranged husband Bharat Ramamrutam filed a complaint with Saligao Police Station.
After the murder came to light, police swung into action and formed multiple teams, which were dispatched to neighbouring states to gather clues and crack the case which received wide coverage in the media. Singh had stolen two ATM cards of Ghurde besides her mobile phone, and transactions made through them helped the police to track him, he said.
Police procured CCTV footage from the ATM booth and identified him with the help of a photo available with them in a tenant verification form submitted to Porvorim Police.
The accused had worked as a security guard in a building complex where Ghurde stayed earlier, and was fired from the job following complaints by several residents.
The accused Singh had withdrawn money using ATM cards several times at different locations, including Bengaluru. "He had withdrawn more than Rs 1 lakh using both the ATM cards which belonged to Monica," the DIG said.
A team of Goa Police, with help from their Bengaluru counterparts, zeroed in on Singh, who had checked in around midnight last night in the hotel, he said. He was formally placed under arrest today.
The motive behind the murder would be known only after interrogation of the accused, who will be brought to Goa on October 11
Monica Ghurde. Instagram