Female Infosys employee hacked to death at Chennai railway station

She was waiting to board a train when a young man attacked her with a sickle, eyewitnesses said. This is the sixth murder in the city in four weeks. Five of the murders took place in public view.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: June 27, 2016 8:50 am
chenna, chennai murder, Infosys employee, Infosys employee murder, Nungambakkam railway station, Female Infosys employee murder, womam murder, india news (Left) CCTV footage of the suspect outside the station. He was seen arguing with Swathi before attacking her

A 24-year-old woman employee of Infosys was hacked to death at Chennai’s Nungambakkam railway station at 6.30 am on Friday. S Swathi was on her way to work at Mahindra City, about 60 km south of Chennai.

She was waiting to board a train when a young man attacked her with a sickle, eyewitnesses said. This is the sixth murder in the city in four weeks. Five of the murders took place in public view.

The Nungambakkam station platform has no CCTV cameras, but the movement of the attacker after the murder was identified from CCTVs installed outside the station, police said.

“We have confirmed that Swathi was being troubled by one of her friends. According to statements from her close friends, one friend was demanding that Swathi marry him, even after she had refused. Witnesses said the assailant was a young man, who was seen arguing with her on the platform minutes before he pulled out a sickle from his bag and attacked her,” a police officer said. “She tried to get away but fell on the platform. There was a deep cut on her neck and face. She died on the spot,” he added.

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The body reportedly lay on the busy platform for more than an hour before the police arrived and took it to hospital for the postmortem. A station vendor told The Indian Express that some passengers saw the incident, but no one dared to stop the attacker, who fled immediately.

DSP Ravi Kumar of Egmore railway police subdivision said they were yet to identify the man. “We have retrieved the image of the suspect from CCTV footage. We are trying to correlate it with suspected faces that we already have,” he said.

A relative of Swathi said she used to take the suburban train to office every day. A resident of South Gangai Amman Koil Street near Nungambakkam station, Swathi was killed minutes after her father, a retired central government employee, dropped her at the station entrance.

A statement issued by the Infosys management on Friday afternoon said, “We are saddened by the unfortunate incident that has led to the demise of our employee in Chennai. We are working with the local authorities as they investigate the matter and will continue to provide our cooperation and support. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family of the deceased. Infosys will provide all the necessary support to the family in their hour of grief.”

The murder comes a day after a police probe found four dead bodies, of a woman and her three daughters, in a house. The police suspect that the girls’ father killed them on June 20.

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A number of other murders were also reported in the city recently. On Wednesday, T Ravi, a Dalit advocate who practised in the Madras High Court, was hacked to death by a gang at a liquor shop. On June 16, Akhilanath, 34, a lawyer who practised at a judicial magistrate’s court, was murdered by six armed men on motorcycles. In the first week of June, another advocate C Murugan was hacked to death near his house by assailants allegedly hired by his wife, M Lohiashini.

A senior police officer said there were at least 13 major murder cases in the last month, including five in broad daylight. The motives were mostly land disputes, family problems and rowdyism, he added. T K Rajendran, Chennai City Police Commissioner, refused to comment on the spate of murders.

The probe into the Nungambakkam station incident is being monitored by the railway police, he added. J K Tripathy, ADGP (Law and Order), was not available for comment.

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    Karthik
    Jun 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm
    For taking photo dont need to be a hero or person wid guts s req for dat any body WD ve done dat shivering will b dre cibg a blood but for taking photo no need if any guts s required wt V WD ve done if it had happened to any of our friends or neighbours or any of our know person atleast a human wid guts WD ve tried doing some thing he told writly r telling him kakidha paper nd I think u r dat kind or nt even dat
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      Karthik
      Jun 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm
      One stupid s telng to call Tamil cinema heroes nd posting irrelevant comment dat rajini or Kamal WD ve come I thinking how sick he is trying to make 3rd graded fun b dis sensitive commenting post
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        Karthik
        Jun 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm
        R u sick ?
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          Shubha
          Jun 25, 2016 at 11:20 am
          Before the TN elections we were discussing hoe it was safe in Amma's rule and so brought her back to power... Now!!!???
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            Senthil
            Jun 25, 2016 at 3:49 pm
            Super
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              John
              Jun 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm
              How to rule Mes: Roman Principle: Bread and Games(Movies), Tamils added: Liquor and Reservations…lt;br/gt;Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh are clic examples of a failed states in many social aspects, due to POLITICIAN’S Greed and mismanagement. They were smart at using the ROMAN Principle of managing mes and further modified it.lt;br/gt;Bread: 1 rupee kilo rice or Amma canteens or NTR Canteens…this is tax payers money but as a politician they give it their name or family name. Shame on these politicians.lt;br/gt;Games: In Roman times as they used to conduct games to make people forget about the problems in the nation. We have Rajnikanth and their family movies, we have NTR and his gsons movies..their movies are really bad..they need to pay women from North India, money to expose and show/ shake her ets else this guy’s movie will fail…intelligent way of pimping. These movies taught mes violence and that pimping is OK.lt;br/gt;Reservations: It is common in Tamil nadu and Andhra, where a fellow with negative 20 or 30 marks in exam, used to get admission in Engineering or medicine. To counter this criticism…they removed negative marking. lt;br/gt;Liquor: Tamil nadu and Andhra have highest average consumption per person…Tax payers pay for their hospital expenses.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Amma went to Modi asked for 10K crores for what? Tax Payer money...To feed these rapists and murderers, then give them reservations..Reservations donot change the atude and nurture..you can see these guys working in Europe, Saudi or America, same "day laborer" mentality is evident.
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                Ananda J
                Jun 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm
                If not for Amma, you would have got Stalin. Even the choice of his name speaks volumes. And you know this family's character I hope! They get elected because they are "minority/conversion friendly" - and some communities do vote en me. Anyway the w situation is wrong and tragic.
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                  Ananda J
                  Jun 25, 2016 at 3:46 pm
                  Don't worry about bakris and others. What about you?
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                    AA ANALIS
                    Jun 28, 2016 at 7:42 am
                    If the police gets him ; please dont give the usual punishment like jail to death or for some few years in jail..just give him the pain day by day ...like first week give him the food and get heavy work then slowly start cutting fingers from legs (last finger ) after ten gone in legs then in hands again a count of ten ....Likewise be very cruel to the cruel men ; for seeing those atleast brutal criminals get a step back from the people..
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                      Anupam
                      Jun 25, 2016 at 7:05 am
                      Sixth murder in 4 weeks , but people badmouth Bihar for Jungleraj even though it has one of the lowest crime rate ranking 22nd in India and 29th for crime rate against women.
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                        Raj
                        Jun 26, 2016 at 3:46 am
                        The culprit to be hanged up immediately so that whoever the criminal will not have this type inhuman actions in their mind.
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                          ashok
                          Jun 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                          It's easy to kill anyone nowadays the reason maybe personal but the ease with which they act is only because of the TV serials where vilonce is shown how to do it and get away
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                            anu
                            Jul 4, 2016 at 5:05 am
                            the problem lies when the people around don't try to protect the victim. it's sad that murders are occurring in public areas during day time.
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                              dawoodkuthub
                              Jun 25, 2016 at 8:46 am
                              Poor girl, these type of crimes increasing everyday, still tamil nadu govt'reaction isworrysome because the CM holding police Deprtment yet to comment in this regard.
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                                Dinesh Raja
                                Jun 27, 2016 at 2:01 am
                                People?? stop complaining abt the CCTV cameras in case of Swathi s brutal murder!! :( !! Y there were people who were boarding the train even after watching those scenes without taking any action!!! ?? Y don t u blame on thm?
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                                  Drparas Jain
                                  Jun 25, 2016 at 10:53 am
                                  If It was Bihar , it would br Jungle Raj . If it would be Delhi , Kejri would be anachist. Rest of india does not matter even if there are six murders in a row
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                                    G S
                                    Jun 26, 2016 at 2:35 am
                                    I agree that no point in blaming Amma or Karunanidhi or Stalin or RPF or the other pengers who were busy on their mobiles when the murder happened. Self defense is best. Pepper spray is the best option. Slight doubt just spray it. It will only temporarily stop the person but at least you can be saved. So stop blaming others and think how you can save yourself because all others have so much work to do and the element of humanity DIED long ago.
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                                      indian
                                      Jun 25, 2016 at 7:59 pm
                                      it was a case of Love Jihad,,, since the killer youth belong to minority, secular journos believes in crime had no religion but incase it was other way round than intolerance, hindu extremism etc. Headlines will be "Muslim girl butchered by Hindu fanatics". After all these journos has defined new meaning of secularism to benefits their congi-commie masters
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                                        Jv
                                        Jul 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm
                                        A study reveals that severe deficiency in VITAMIN B ; VITAMIN D ;NIACIN can be the reason for psychosis.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;MENTAL HEALTH needs to be addressed for the growing children of our country India psychosis is often not understood and corrected. If a person is indifferent either we tease them or neglect them. SCHIZOPHRENIA,ANXIETY ,DEPRESSION, AGGRESSION ,VIOLENCE, SUICIDE ,MOOD DISORDER,ILLUSIONS, SLEEPLESSNESS are all because of mental illness. The chemistry of the brain is imbalanced.This can happen to anyone. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Just like Cancer,AIDS--The Indian Government should promote more awareness about THE MENTAL HEALTH (BRAIN HEALTH ) if we want a better society. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The school syllabus must include lessons on The Mental Health.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;At home,school,college or work place when you notice a sudden change in any of their behavior,speech or thoughts we should definitely help them.We never know what is the pain a person with mental illness undergoes.
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                                          Jeni
                                          Jun 27, 2016 at 2:46 am
                                          What is need to do murder that girl.due to this incidence girls are scaring to go out ..we thought chennai is the safest place but know we are scaring day by day
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                                            Kannan
                                            Jun 25, 2016 at 7:00 am
                                            Across India, the police force has become corrupt and incompetent. Two reasons for it are the lack of independence in functioning and the lack of skill upgrade. Whilst the former makes them a political force serving political needs rather than providing security for the common man, the latter has made people doubt their competence. the caste factor and the bribe paid for entering the force are also factors that undermine their competence. lt;br/gt;In TN, a few cops come themselves to the Scotland Yard. There was a time when that was true. The politician-police-criminal nexus and lack of civil oversight has made things worse.
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