Kusuma Rani Singla, a software engineer with a multinational company, was found dead by her flat mate in their apartment in Kadugodi on Tuesday night. Singla, a divorcee hailing from Punjab, was transferred to the city six months ago from Noida.

In a swift action, one Sukhbir Singh was arrested from a place near Gurgaon with the help of local police in connection with the case, Additional Commissioner (Bengaluru-East) P Harishekaran said.

Singh and Singla were friends via social media Facebook. In a meeting with her, Singh is said to have demanded Rs 50,000 and a flight ticket from her which she denied, Harishekaran cited.

Angered by this, he strangulated her to death using a laptop charger cord. A pen was also used in the crime, and an about two-inch deep wound is seen on her right eyebrow, he said.

"On January 19, Singh flew into Bengaluru from Delhi and went to Singla's house by 12:15pm. He was there till 3:30 pm," Harishekaran added..  

An altercation erupted between the two that led to the murder of Singla, he said. After the murder, Singh collected Singla's ATM cards and cheque-books and even withdrew Rs 11,000 using one of the debit cards before leaving to Delhi via Mumbai.

Singh hails from Haryana and has worked as a software engineer with multinational companies but is currently unemployed, he said, adding he would be brought to the city. He said the motive of the murder was yet to be ascertained.

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