A man has been arrested in Bengaluru in Karnataka in connection with the murder of celebrity perfumer Monika Ghurde, a senior Goa Police officer said on Sunday.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta told reporters that suspect Raj Kumar, hailing from Punjab, was picked up from Bengaluru after he tried to withdraw money from an ATM card belonging to the 39-year-old deceased late on Saturday night.
Kumar was employed as a security guard at the residential complex the woman was living in, but was sacked after she complained he was not doing his job properly, Gupta told media persons.
The accused had withdrawn over Rs 1 lakh by using the victim's stolen ATM card in Goa, Mangaluru and Bengaluru, before he was arrested by a joint team of Karnataka and Goa Police on Sunday afternoon.
"He is being brought to Goa. We will then be in a position to question him and establish the crime motive. He has confessed his crime to the police team that arrested him," Gupta said.
The Times of India had reported that two persons were caught by CCTV camera at an ATM about 3 kilometres from the scene of crime on Saturday. They also withdrew money using her card in Bengaluru.
Ghurde, 39, was found dead on Thursday in her three-bedroom apartment in Sangolda village, around 10 km from Panaji. Her partially clothed body was found lying on bed, with her hands and feet tied. The post-mortem examination report suggested she was strangled.
"A probe at the crime scene revealed her mobile phone was missing. We put it on surveillance," Gupta said, adding that keeping a track of repeated ATM withdrawals from Goa, Mangaluru and Bengaluru and her mobile phone eventually helped police hunt down the accused.
With inputs from IANS