A 29-year-old software engineer working with Dell was on Friday murdered at her flat in an upscale south Bangalore area, police said.
Payal Surekha, who hailed from Bongaigaon in Assam, was married to Anant Narain Mishra for about five years. The husband who works as a gym instructor in Bangalore was away in Orissa, police said.
"It is not a murder of gain. Someone known to the victim must have committed the murder," deputy commissioner Alok Kumar told reporters late on Friday.
According to the police, Mishra called home and when there was no response, he phoned the flat owner staying nearby to find out why Payal was not answering. The owner, who also had a key to the flat, found Payal tied and stabbed.
Kumar said preliminary investigation showed that a man was enquiring about Mishra's residence at around 10.30am. About half an hour later he was seen leaving the apartment complex.
Sonia Narang, another deputy police commissioner, told IANS that Payal used to work in the afternoon shifts starting around 2.30pm.
She said it appears that the murder would have taken place around 10.30am.