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Monika Ghurde Murder Case : Nursing grudge, sacked guard returned to rape, kill perfumer

Panaji: The man held for the murder of perfumer Monika Ghurde spent two nights on the terrace of her building, monitoring movements and sexually abused her before strangulating her, police said on Tuesday, as chilling details emerged about the sensational case.monika-ghurde-2_650x400_51475842005

The accused, Rajkumar Singh, has confessed to sexually abusing Monika after tying her to bed in her apartment and also forced her to watch porn clips, they said.

Ms Ghurde, 39, was found dead, tied to her bed in Goa’s Sangolda village on October 5.

Three days later, 21-year-old Rajkumar Singh, who had been a security guard at the complex till July, was arrested in Bengaluru after he was caught using Ms Ghurde’s ATM card.

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He was tracked on the basis of ATM transactions he made at different locations after stealing two cards of the 39-year-old woman and forcing her to reveal their PINs.

“The accused has confessed to the crime. He has told the Investigating Officer that for two days he took refuge on the terrace of the building where Monika lived before forcibly entering her flat on October 5 evening,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta told reporters at police headquarters in Panaji.

Singh, nabbed from a Bengaluru hotel two days ago, was brought to Goa on transit remand last night. The accused was produced in a court of a Judicial Magistrate of First Class at Mapusa town, which remanded him in seven-day police custody on Tuesday.

Singh, during interrogation, narrated how he tortured Monika throughout the night before strangling her to death, Gupta said, adding he tied the victim to bed and went to the kitchen, where he had boiled eggs for dinner.

Gupta said the accused arrived in Goa on 5 April, 2016 in search of a job and was employed as a security guard in the complex, where Monika came searching for a rented flat.monika

“The accused was attracted towards Monika since the day she inquired about availability of a flat in the complex and later followed her movements when she started residing there. After his duty as a security guard, he would wash cars of the residents, including that of Monika,” said the officer (Gupta).

Gupta, who interrogated Singh at Saligao police station in presence of Superintendent of Police (North) Umesh Gaonkar in the morning, said the accused developed a grudge against Monika after he was sacked from the job on 22 July, 2016 after being accused of stealing her umbrella.

“The security agency, which had employed him, kept on hold his two months’ salary amounting to Rs 22,000,” the IPS officer said.

“After losing his job, Singh worked as a labourer in Ponda town for sometime before visiting places like Pune, Chennai, Hyderbad and Mumbai in search of employment but was unsuccessful,” Gupta said.

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During this time, the accused contacted Monika and requested her to tell the security agency to release his salary. She, however, refused to do so.

DIG Gupta said Singh, who hails from Punjab, had been thrown out of his job as watchman of Sapna Raj Valley apartment, in Sangolda, Goa, where Ghurde lived, in July this year. Although there had been complaints against him by several residents, he reportedly blamed Ghurde since she had made the last complaint — about her missing umbrella, later recovered from him. This, Singh firmly believed, led to his dismissal, he has told police.

Unable to find a job, and failing to convince Ghurde to withdraw her complaint and get back his job, Singh left Goa, but returned on October 3 and went to Ghurde’s apartment complex, DIG Gupta said. “He was familiar there, so probably entered unchallenged. He camped on terrace of ‘B’ wing — right above Monika Ghurde’s flat,” Gupta said.

Overcome by anger and sense of revenge over what he perceived as humiliation by the perfumer for his loss of job, Singh went to her residential complex on 3 October. He spent two days on her building’s terrace looking for an opportunity to get inside her flat and finally succeeded on 5 October at around 6.30 PM, the DIG said.

Gupta said the accused had a scuffle with Monika in bathroom. He then overpowered and tied her to bed and sexually abused her.

Fearing Monika will complaint to the police, Singh smothered the perfumer to death but before that forced her to reveal PINs of ATM cards and password of her mobile phone.

The DIG said the woman screamed for help several times during her captivity but no one from the complex could hear it.


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