Former guard held for Goa perfumer Monika Ghurde’s murder

The Bengaluru city police obtained the CCTV footage from the shop where Rajkumar was seen, and later, during checks, a lodge owner at Cottenpet told them that a similar looking person had checked-in Friday.

Written by Harsha Raj Gatty | Panaji | Updated: October 12, 2016 12:05 pm
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A joint team of Goa and Karnataka Police Sunday arrested a former security guard of an apartment complex, Rajkumar Singh (21), in connection with the murder of perfumer Monika Ghurde.

“Mobile 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.

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They added that on Friday, he made several cash withdrawals and swipe transactions using the debit card at a shop in Gandhi Bazaar in south Bengaluru. “We alerted the local police and shared the picture of the suspect that we had procured,” SP (North Goa) Umesh Gaonkar said.

The Bengaluru city police obtained the CCTV footage from the shop where Rajkumar was seen, and later, during checks, a lodge owner at Cottenpet told them that a similar looking person had checked-in Friday.

“At around 1 pm, he came back to the hotel and the joint team nabbed him,” Gupta said.

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Police officials said that Rajkumar was dismissed after residents complained about his performance. A senior police official involved in the investigation said Rajkumar directly held Monika responsible for the loss of his job. In his statement to the investigators, he said that a few months back, Monika had complained to the residents’ association about a missing umbrella, which was found in his possession.

“…the association took the complaint seriously and fired him. This, coupled with loss of financial means, drove him to target the victim,” police said, citing Rajkumar, who hails from Bathinda in Punjab.

Rajkumar reportedly told authorities that he went to Monika’s residence on October 5. “When she opened the door, he threatened her with a knife and demanded money. Monika offered her debit card instead and pin number,” the official said.

Later as Monkia tried to snatch the knife and scream, Rajkumar, the official said, tried to muffle her voice with a pillow. He claims to have tied her to the bed thinking that she was unconscious and might scream for help again. Asked if the victim was sexually assaulted, the official said: “It’s a sensitive matter, subject to serological examination report…”

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    Yesu Naik
    Oct 10, 2016 at 7:27 pm
    Come on you narrow minded people we are not south nor north Indians, we are one and our nation is one that is India.
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      Abhi Madgaokar
      Oct 10, 2016 at 5:27 am
      Why am not surprised the perpetrator is a north Indian!!
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        Rajesh CR
        Oct 10, 2016 at 7:15 am
        Something is not right with this murder case. Monica's news was out in media and we saying that the security guard did not even see a glimpse of it anywhere.
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          meenal
          Oct 10, 2016 at 5:48 am
          what does a north indian has to do with this
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            siddhi
            Oct 19, 2016 at 9:43 am
            bcz of des ghantis(non goans) crime rate is increasing day by day... wake up goykarano...
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              Vivek Wadhwani
              Oct 10, 2016 at 11:49 am
              And a person from Uttar Pradesh doesn't mean he is from entire North India. Cut us some slack here.
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                Vivek Wadhwani
                Oct 10, 2016 at 11:40 am
                So who raped British Teenager Scarlett Keeling and left her to die in Goa? It was a Goan not a North Indian and No north Indian came out and cried "not surprised it was a Goan/South Indian. Stop this racism already. Kinda makes you look stupid.
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                  VJ Singh
                  Oct 10, 2016 at 4:54 am
                  The youth of today is ill prepared to make sacrifices to go up the ladder of success. With virtually every political party having their goondas, fear of being caught and punished is not there.
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