The accused in the murder of the Infosys employee who was hacked to death at a railway station in Chennai has been arrested from his village in Sengottai in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu late on Friday night.
He has been identified as Ram Kumar, a 24-year-old Mechanical Engineering, who was staying in a mansion near Swathi's residence in Choolaimedu and had stalked her for months before the murder.
He allegedly attempted suicide by slashing his throat when police went to arrest him. He is undergoing treatment at a government hospital, police said.
S Swathi, a 24-year-old woman employed at Infosys, was hacked to death in broad daylight in the Nungamballam railway station in Chennai while she was at the station to board the train to work. She was attacked with a sickle.
Pulling up the police for leaving her body for nearly two hours at the platform, the Madras high court had warned of suo motu intervention if there was slackness in the probe.
The case was transferred from railway police to the city police, which formed several special teams for the probe headed by an assistant commissioner.
With no CCTV camera in the railway station, police faced a tough job in obtaining clues and managed to get visuals of a man, suspected to be the assailant, from a CCTV installed at a house in the neighbourhood. They had released the footage along with a sketch of the suspect.
(With inputs from PTI)