Updated: January 21, 2016 9:48:18 pm
A 32-year-old engineer working for IBM was found strangulated with the cord of a laptop charger in her house in Bengaluru Tuesday, police said.
The woman has been identified as Kusum Rani, a native of Punjab. She had been transferred to Bengaluru six months ago from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and was living in Mahaveer Kings Apartment, Kadugodi.
The police suspect she was killed sometime on Tuesday afternoon, but the murder came to light around 7.30 pm, when her roommate Nidhi returned home from office. Nidhi informed the Kadugodi police, who arrived to find Rani’s body in a pool of blood. The police suspect she was also attacked with a sharp
“Our investigations have revealed that one person visited her apartment around 12.30 pm on Tuesday,” said MB Borali-ngaiah, Deputy Superintendent of Police (South-East division).
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“Rani came down from her fourth-floor flat to receive him. She then took him to her flat after entering his details in the security register, which has been withheld in the interest of the probe. The security staff saw him walk out of the apartment around 3.30 pm.”
Boralingaiah said Rani may have died of strangulation, but there is a wound on her neck too. “We did not find any sharp object at the crime scene. The postmortem report will reveal the cause of death,” he said. CCTV footage of the apartment was collected to identify the killer.
Nidhi has told the police that Rani was a divorcee and was a looking to get remarried. She was registered on a few matrimonial websites, the police said.
“Her roommate told us that she had come in contact with a person through a matrimonial website and had shared her contact details. We are trying to find out if he was the person she invited home,” an officer said.
The police have contacted her parents and are trying to get in touch with her ex-husband. “We may get some crucial information about Rani from them, which can be useful for the investigation,” a police officer said.
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