The main accused in the Swathi murder case, Ram Kumar, on Sunday allegedly committed suicide in Chennai’s Puzhal jail. According to police, Kumar bit a live electric wire and died.
“He (Ram Kumar) committed suicide and the body is now in Royapettah Government Hospital,” a top police official said. Prison authorities declined to speak on Ram Kumar’s death.
Swathi, a 24-year-old woman IT professional, was murdered at a railway station allegedly by Ram Kumar, an engineering graduate, in June this year.
Ram Kumar was later apprehended from his native Tirunelveli district in south Tamil Nadu by police.
Kumar was staying near Swathi’s residence in Choolaimedu area and had stalked her for months before allegedly murdering her using a sickle at the Nungambakkam railway station.
Swathi, employed with software giant Infosys, was hacked to death around 6.30 am on June 24 while waiting to board a train to her work place on the city outskirts.
Pulling up the police for leaving her body for nearly two hours on 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.