Chennai: Two witnesses on Tuesday identified engineering graduate Ram Kumar, prime accused in the murder of a Chennai-based woman IT employee, as the man who stalked and hacked the victim to death. The victim's father, Santhana Gopalakrishnan, and a bookseller at the station picked out Ramkumar from a group of 10 people during an identification parade before a judge.
According to the report, at 10:45 am, ten persons with similar build and facial structure took part in an identification parade in front of a judge. Ram Kumar is currently lodged in the Puzhal prison. He allegedly attempted suicide when surrounded by the police on July 1 in his native village in Tirunelveli district.
Ramkumar was arrested from his native village in Tirunelveli district on June 2. The 22-year-old slit his throat when police surrounded him. 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. Investigators said he was infatuated with her. Police Commissioner TK Rajendran said Ramkumar likely committed the murder when he realised his feelings were not reciprocated. Her family said he had been stalking her for months.
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.