Swathi murder case: Prime accused Ramkumar commits suicide in prison

P Ramkumar, the prime accused in the murder of 24-year-old Infosys employee in Chennai, S Swathi, on Sunday committed suicide inside Puzhal jail by electrocuting himself.

Ramkumar reportedly bit a live wire that was concealed inside a switchboard and was declared brought dead when he was rushed to the hospital.

"He (Ramkumar) committed suicide and the body is now in Royapettah Government Hospital," a top police official told PTI.

On how he committed suicide in jail, the official said, "It is in the domain of prison authorities... it is said that he had bitten an electric wire in the jail dispensary and had died subsequently."

A file image of P Ramkumar. PTI

A file image of P Ramkumar. PTI

On 24 June, the murder of a young woman at Nungambakkam railway station amid thousands of horrified onlookers shook Chennai. The killer had approached Swathi from behind and hacked her to death with a sickle that he was carrying in his backpack. According to reports, the killer took only 10 minutes to murder Swathi and flee the spot unstopped.

On 2 July, the Chennai police arrested Ramkumar, a 22-year-old engineering graduate, in southern Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district. He allegedly tried to slash his throat in order to escape arrest.

Reports claimed that Ramkumar was friends with Swathi on Facebook. The duo got in touch over the social media site and had exchanged numbers, following which the accused became obsessed with Swathi and started stalking her. Miffed over Swathi's rejection, the accused had planned to take her life.

Ramkumar had shifted to Chennai with the dreams of making it big in the film industry and had deliberately chosen to stay in Choolaimedu, as it was close to Swathi's place.

Updated Date: Sep 18, 2016 19:56 PM

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