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Three days after the murder of a 24-year-old Infosys employee at Chennai’s Nungambakkam railway station, the case was Monday handed over to Chennai Police by the Railway Police following the intervention of the Madras High Court.
On Monday, the HC sought a status report on the probe and warned of suo motu action if it wasn’t satisfactory. It also asked the city police if they had any coordination issues with Railway Police. Hours after the HC’s intervention, police submitted a report declaring that the case will be probed by 25-member team headed by an assistant commissioner, and will be closely monitored by senior officers.
S Swathi, an employee with Infosys, was reportedly attacked with a sickle Friday while she was waiting to board a train. The attacker is yet to be identified.
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The High Court intervened after the City Police Commissioner T K Rajendran claimed in a media interview that the crime spot, Nungambakkam railway station, was not under his jurisdiction.
While there has been huge uproar over delay in nabbing the culprit, a senior official monitoring the probe said that CCTV footage retrieved on Friday and Sunday from private buildings in the area, and a photograph sent by one of the eyewitnesses was all they had after three days of investigation. The station had no operational CCTV cameras.
The available videos show a man crossing the area next to the railway station just before and after the murder. Based on eyewitness accounts, the police have identified this man as the suspected killer. However, his identity or whereabouts are yet to be ascertained.