Chennai Techie Murder: Swathi's alleged murderer tried to commit suicide before arrest

In a fresh breakthrough seven days after the murder of the Chennai Infosys employee, S Swathi, police finally made an arrest late on Friday night.

According to The Hindu, the accused, 22-year-old engineering graduate named Ramkumar, was arrested in Tirunelveli district in southern Tamil Nadu for murdering S Swathi at Nungambakkam station in Chennai on 24 June. The man tried to kill himself as the police were trying to arrest him.

The update came two days after the Police, on Thursday, released a high resolution front view image of the killer, captured in a privately owned CCTV camera outside the station.

Swathi's murder suspect. Twitter

Swathi's murder suspect. Twitter

He slit his throat with a sharp object and sustained 60 percent injuries, following which he was rushed to a local hospital and given first-aid.

Later, he was shifted to the government hospital in Tirunelveli, where the doctors said that his injuries are not serious and he will be shifted to the ICU after "minor procedures," as reported by The Hindu .

According to NDTV, the accused had for some time, lived near Swathi's house in Chennai and was infatuated with her.

Speaking at a press briefing, the Chennai Police Commissioner said that the accused was stalking her since months. Swathi was aware of the fact but she chose to ignore him.



The Commissioner also said, that so far Ramkumar is the only accused in the case.


S Swathi, a 24-year-old woman, was waiting at the platform number two of Nungambakkam station to board a local train to work like any other day. However, on 24 June, a young man approached her from behind and hacked her to death in front of thousands of horrified onlookers. The murder brought to the fore the lack of safety of women in the southern Indian state as a man committed murder in broad daylight and the lack of public empathy was highlighted.

Swathi's body was "left like an exhibit," the Madras High Court commented, as the onlookers chose to click pictures while many boarded the next train to leave, according to the NDTV.

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Updated Date: Jul 02, 2016 15:12:54 IST

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