IBM techie strangled with laptop cord by man she met on social media

  • PTI
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2016 20:17 IST
A pen was also used in the crime and a two-inch deep wound was seen near the right eyebrow of the woman. (Shutterstock)

A 31-year-old woman techie was found murdered in her apartment in Bengaluru, after which a man she was in contact with on social media was arrested from Gurgaon on Thursday.

Kusuma Rani Singla, a software engineer working with the multinational company IBM, was found dead by her flat-mate in their apartment in Kadugodi on Tuesday night.

Singla, a divorcee hailing from Punjab, was transferred to the city six months ago from Noida.

Sukhbir Singh was arrested from a place near Gurgaon with the help of local police in connection with the case, additional commissioner of police (Bengaluru-East) P Harishekaran said.

Singh and Singla were friends via social media. In a meeting with her, Singh is said to have demanded Rs 50,000 and a flight ticket from her which she denied, Harishekaran said.

Angered by this, he strangulated her to death using a laptop charger cord. A pen was also used in the crime, and an about two-inch deep wound is seen near her right eyebrow, he said.

“On January 19, Singh flew into Bengaluru from Delhi and went to Singla’s house by 12.15pm. He was there till 3.30 pm,” Harishekaran said.

An altercation erupted between the two that led to the murder of Singla, he said.

After the murder, Singh collected Singla’s ATM cards and chequebooks and even withdrew Rs 11,000 using one of the debit cards before leaving to Delhi via Mumbai.

Singh hails from Haryana and has worked as a software engineer with multinational companies but is currently unemployed, he said, adding he would be brought to the city.

He said the motive of the murder was yet to be ascertained.

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