The Chennai Police on Friday arrested a young engineer from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu in connection with the murder of Infosys employee S Swathi, who was hacked to death at Nungambakkam railway station on June 24. Ramkumar, 22, slit his throat when the police surrounded him, reported NDTV.
The engineering graduate from Meenakshipuram in Tirunelveli was taken to Government Hospital in Tenkasi for first-aid and later shifted to Government Medical College Hospital in Tirunelveli. According to The Hindu, doctors who are treating him said the injury was not major. “He is fine and will be shifted to the ICU after a minor procedure,'' said a doctor.
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, reported NDTV. 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.
At a press conference, TK Rajendran said they had investigated the route on which Swathi travelled to work every day, as well as neighbourhoods near the station, where she had studied and where she lived. He also said there was only one accused in the case.
The arrest came a week after the murder. Swathi was waiting to catch a train to work when the incident took place. On June 27, the Madras High Court transferred the case from the Railway Police to Chennai Police after they failed to make any breakthroughs in the case.