Well-known perfumer Monika Ghurde was murdered on October 6, 2016 at her home in North Goa's Sangolda village. Police suspected that she was raped and then murdered. Her hands and legs were found tied to a bed. The house was burgled but the police couldn't ascertain what things were stolen from the flat as she was living alone. All pics/Monica Ghurde's Instagram account
Monika Ghurde's body in naked condition was found in the burgled flat in Goa. Rather, shockingly, her hands and legs were found tied to a bed. The autopsy of Monika Ghurde confirmed the suspicion that Ghurde had been strangled, revealing that the death was caused 'due to asphyxia caused by compression of mouth and neck'
Three days after Monica Ghurde's 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 Bhatinda native, in Bengaluru. Rajkumar Singh, who hails from Punjab, was a security guard and had worked in a building complex where Monica Ghurde stayed earlier. He was fired from the job following complaints by several residents
The fashion designer-turned-perfumer had been living alone in the flat. The police lodged a murder case after her estranged husband Bharat Ramamrutam filed a complaint with Saligao Police Station. After the murder came to light, the Goa 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
The accused Rajkumar Singh had stolen two ATM cards of Monica Ghurde besides her mobile phone, and transactions made through them helped the police to track him. 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. He was ultimately arrested in Bengaluru
After Rajkumar Singh swiped Monica Ghurde's card at a hotel in Bangalore, the police caught a glimpse of him in the CCTV footage and then laid a trap for him. The first video showed Rajkumar entering the hotel again, while the cops wait for him in plain clothes. As soon as he entered, the police surrounded him and took him away for questioning. Soon after, in a second video, the 21-year-old confesses to the murder, seemingly remorseless
Following the arrested accused Rajkumar Singh’s confession that he had removed celebrity perfumer Monika Ghurde’s clothes to sexually assault her, the Goa police added the charge of rape against him. Rajkumar Singh admitted that he removed Monica Ghurde’s clothes and tied her to the bed, then proceeded to show her three porn clips on his phone before sexually assaulting her
Rajkumar Singh allegedly held Monica Ghurde for hours before he smothered her with a pillow while she was tied to her bed. He also made himself a couple of eggs, ate out of her fridge and shaved his stubble before fleeing to Bengaluru
In August 2016, Rajkumar had stolen Monica Ghurde's umbrella that was later found in his possession. A heated argument ensued between Monica Ghurde and Rajkumar Singh, following which his services were terminated by the upscale society. However, he had been unable to secure any employment after that
"Ma'am ka murder maine kiya." These are the chilling words spoken by the security guard, who seems unfazed even as he confesses to killing celebrity perfumer Monika Ghurde, leaving her naked in her home in Goa, her hands and feet tied to the bed
Monica Ghurde's husband Ramamrutham declined to comment that time. "I am not interested in giving any sound bytes." Jayawant Ghurde, Monica Ghurde's brother had also refused to comment
Rajkumar Singh told the police that he is ready to face everything and requested them to keep his family out of this
Famous perfumer Monika Ghurde met with a tragic end as she was found dead in a state of undress with hands and legs tied at her Goa home in October 2016. We trace the journey of the sordid case
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