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Former security guard held for perfumer Monika Ghurde’s murder

He worked as the security guard at Sapna Raj Valley where Ghurde lived, but was sacked in August after he stole her umbrella
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The Goa police on Sunday arrested a former security guard of an apartment in connection with the murder of famous perfumer Monika Ghurde.

According to reports, accused Rajkumar Singh, who was arrested in Bengaluru, worked as the security guard at Sapna Raj Valley where Ghurde lived, but was sacked in August after he stole her umbrella.

“The mobilephone and debit card of Monika were missing and we put both under surveillance. We got the first glimpse of the suspect from the ATM at Porvorim, and subsequently we verified his photograph with the apartment inhabitants,” said DIG Vimal Gupta.

According to a news report, Rajkumar fled soon after committing the crime, stole Ghurde’s debit card, swiped it several times at ATMs in Goa, Mangalore and Bengaluru, leaving behind clues that led the police to him at a hotel in Bengaluru. A team of Goa police that was chasing the theory of his alleged involvement tracked Rajkumar, who hailed from Punjab, down to a hotel in Bengaluru.

Monika Ghurde was found dead in her house in Goa’s Sangolda area on Friday morning. She died of suffocation, her post mortem report has concluded. The report said “asphyxia as result of compression of her neck and mouth” caused her death.

The police claim Rajkumar has confessed to killing Ms Ghurde, NDTV reported. However, the motive for the crime is not clear.

Rajkumar is still in Bengaluru and will be brought to Goa after a local judge gives the Goa police his custody. He will then be subjected to a thorough interrogation to establish the motive. The police is also expecting the results of a serological test on vaginal swabs to confirm rape, NDTV reported.

Ms Ghurde married and moved to Goa in 2011. She had been living separately from her photographer husband since the last one year.

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