The Goa police on 11 October said that Rajkumar Singh - the murderer of perfume researcher Monika Ghurde - had intentionally undressed the perfumer to film her in the nude and later blackmail her with the same. He confessed to the crime in front of the police. However, the police are still quizzing him to ascertain whether Ghurde was sexually assaulted.
Rajkumar, 21, was arrested on Sunday afternoon from Sapana Raj Valley at Sangolda and brought to Goa by road. The police said that Rajkumar, who served as security guard at the housing complex till August and was familiar with the layout, is suspected to have entered the compound on Wednesday afternoon by jumping over the rear fence.
Times of India quoted a senior police officer as saying, "We still don't know whether Singh had actually filmed Ghurde."
According to a media report, during interrogation Rajkumar said that after smothering Ghurde, he went to the kitchen and cooked something for himself thinking Gurde will wake up. However, on checking he found that Ghurde was dead and fled the spot.
Rajkumar will be produced before the judicial magistrate first class, Mapusa, on 11 October to seek police custody for further interrogation. He was caught in CCTV camera when he withdrew money using Ghurde's card from an ATM in Porvium. He travelled from Goa to Mangaluru by train and stayed there for a day before boarding a bus to Bengaluru, police added.
Rajkumar told the police that he entered Ghurde's flat on Wednesday with the intention of robbing her. He entered the flat, flashed a knife, threatening her to silence. He later tied her hands to the bed at knife-point and took her ATM card and forced her personal identification number (PIN) from her.
Postmortem report revealed that Ghurde died due to smothering, however, the forensics department reserved its opinion on the alleged sexual assault which will be ascertained after a serological examination.