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Police say ex-watchman single handedly murdered Monika Ghurde

cities Updated: Oct 11, 2016 16:38 IST

The accused in the Monika Ghurde murder case singlehandedly killed her and had no accomplice, the police probe has revealed.

Although one more person can be seen in the CCTV footage of an ATM from where the accused withdrew cash after killing the perfumer, police have ruled out the involvement of a second accused, at least for now.

Goa police said robbery was the only motive behind the murder of the 39-year old woman by a former security guard of her building Raj Kumar Singh (22). However, police are still probing for additional evidence to build a strong case.

Police inspector Rajesh Kumar said on Tuesday, Singh was produced before a local court in Goa and was remanded to police custody for seven days.

Police have seized mobile phones and ATM cards from him. Singh was arrested from Bengaluru on October 9.

Sources said after committing the crime he withdrew cash from several ATMs from Goa, Mangalore and Bengaluru.

Ghurde’s naked body was found with her hands and legs tied at her house in north Goa’s Sangolda last week.

The globe-trotting perfumer was famous for her obsession with the scent of jasmine , which resulted in a collaborative work with author William Dalrymple to trace the history of the flower.

Ghurde was a successful photographer and graphic designer before she founded Mo Labs through which she conducted ‘smell’ workshops around the world. She was also researching on the effects of perfumes on human consciousness.

First Published: Oct 11, 2016 16:35 IST