Updated: August 29, 2021 2:29:16 am
Days after a 34-year-old Russian woman, Ekaterina Titova was found dead in her rented apartment, Goa police on Saturday arrested a Russian national, Denis Kriuchkoy, as a suspect in her murder.
The police are yet to ascertain the murder motive.
Kriuchkoy, 47, lived on a different floor of the same house as Titova in Siolim, North Goa. Titova’s postmortem report had shown that she died after her nose and mouth was compressed, the police said.
Titova was found dead at 7.20 pm on August 19. There was no external injury on her body.
Titova, was in her apartment in Oxel, Siolim, with a woman friend, also a Russian national, the previous night. According to the police, the women were consuming alcohol until early August 19 morning, after which Titova went to sleep. Her friend found Titova dead the following day, police said.
A case of unnatural death was registered at Anjuna police station.
According to the police, Kriuchkoy had been on the run since Titova’s death. Police sources said he had also travelled to Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, since then, but later returned to Goa. He was arrested on Saturday evening.
Shobhit Saksena, Superintendent of Police, North Goa, said investigation in the case was going on and Kriuchkoy was being questioned by police. His motive to kill Titova is yet to be ascertained.
Incidentally, besides Titova, another Russian woman, identified as Alexandra Ri-Djavi (24), was found dead in her rented apartment — also in Siolim — on August 19.
Both cases were registered at Anjuna police station and were under investigation by a team led by Inspector Suraj Gawas.
Ri-Djavi was found hanging by a saree in the kitchen of her apartment. She was a model and had promoted a Tamil film.
Police officials said a postmortem examination had been carried out on Ri-Djavi’s body, but the forensic department also wanted to carry out chemical analysis, after which they will issue their report.
Advocate for Russian consulate Vikram Varma said, “Excellent work done by the forensic doctors and the investigating team of Goa police. I hope we can collectively get to the truth in the matter of Ms Alexandra Ri Djavi also.”
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