Perfumer Ghurde murder case: Police teams sent to neighbouring states


Panaji: The 39-year-old photographer-turned perfumer, Monika Ghurde was found dead in her rented flat in posh Sangolda village, Goa on October 6.

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Ghurde, also nicknamed as the First Lady of Smell, was discovered naked on the bed with her hands tied to the back of the bed. Police suspect that she was raped and murdered somewhere between October 5 afternoon and night, as she had not been in touch with anyone since that time.

The cops are ruling out robbery as nothing was missing from the flat raising suspicions that the killer might have been known to Monica.

Banking on a few leads, Goa Police has sent teams to neighbouring states to nab the absconding accused in the murder case of high-profile perfume specialist Monica Ghurde.

“We will be able to crack this case soon. We are working on different theories. Yesterday, we have sent teams to different locations including neighbouring states,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta told the media today.

Gupta said the murder came to light when the maid who came around 9 AM on October 6 found that the door was locked. When Monica did not open it despite repeated knocks she raised an alarm.

“The maid later informed Monica’s brother (Anand, based in Mumbai) who in turn called her husband (Bharat) and then her neighbour, an American woman who had spare keys following which the door was opened and the body was found,” he said.

A case has been registered under section 302 (murder) of the IPC.

The perfumer, who was a regular on Goa’s social circuit is said to have met Ramamrutham in Mumbai while she was a photographer. She had done her photography course from Mumbai’s JJ Institute of Applied Arts.

Subsequently, she moved to Chennai in 2009 to pursue her interest in perfumes, and later shifted to Goa in 2011. Monika had set up her perfume-making company Mo Lab, and was also researching perfumery. She collaborated with eminent designers such as Jean Francois Lesage, Christian Louboutin and Anand Kabra.

Gupta said the woman originally hailed from Nagpur and was married to a photographer Bharat Ramamrutam from Tamil Nadu and was residing at Porvorim near here before she separated from her husband and shifted to Sangolda this year.

Police sources told the media that her face had red marks and it is suspected that she was strangulated using a pillow. There were no stab injuries on the body.

“Police investigations have revealed that she had shifted to Sangolda in July this year and was staying alone,” the DIG said.

The police is waiting for the postmortem reports to get to know the exact cause behind the death.

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