The man suspected to have murdered Infosys employee S Swathi at a railway station in Chennai in broad daylight on June 24, Police on Friday arrested the alleged attacker from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. The accused, also a 24-year-old techie named Ram Kumar, reportedly attempted suicide as the police were catching him. He is now recovering in a hospital.
Infosys employee S Swathi was waiting at platform number 2 of the railway station to board a train to work, when the suspect hacked Swathi to death from behind.
The police said the accused, a 24-year old graduate in mechanical engineering, who moved to Chennai about three months ago for a job, was staying in a mansion near Swathi’s house in Choolaimedu.
According to the police, Ramkumar was Swathi’s neighbour in Choolaimedu. He lived in a rented flat and worked at a textile shop in Chennai, reported The News Minute. The police also said Ramkumar was infatuated with Swathi. Police Commissioner TK Rajendran on Saturday said Ramkumar likely committed the murder when he realised his feelings were not reciprocated by Swathi. Her family said he had been stalking her for months.
Eyewitness revealed that days before her death she was slapped five times by a man at the Nungambakkam railway station. D Tamilarasan, a teacher who lives in the same locality as Swathi, said in the first week of June a man approached Swathi at the Nungambakkam railway station and slapped her several times. “She received all the blows without any resistance and then boarded the train quietly.”
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Swathi was killed with a sickle last Friday, and the suspect was seen running away from the platform in footage captured by CCTV cameras in nearby buildings at the Nungambakkam railway station, where the incident took place, has no CCTV cameras. The crime has generated waves of shock and anger, not just over its gruesome nature, but also because of the complete lack of response from those who witnessed the crime.
The suspect had been stalking the Infosys techie for a while and recently the Chennai police released a high-resolution image of him.