Ram Kumar, the alleged killer in the murder of Infosys employee Swathi, was arrested from his village in Sengottai near Tirunelveli on Friday.
The police said the accused, a 24-year old graduate in mechanical engineering, who moved to Chennai about three months ago for a job, was staying in a mansion near Swathi’s house in Choolaimedu.
A senior police officer claimed that the accused has been hospitalised after he made a suicide attempt before the arrest. A photo released by the police shows him being taken to a hospital ward with bandages around his neck.
Ram Kumar is currently admitted in General Hospital, Tirunelveli.
The news of his arrest was released late on Friday night. The police also said that his one-sided love for Swathi and her rejection had provoked him to murder her.
“His father is a daily wage labourer. After completing his mechanical engineering, he shifted to Chennai three months ago. He was working with a textile shop for a brief period while searching for a better job in Chennai. He had been stalking Swathi for past several weeks,” said a senior officer.
Earlier, there were multiple statements from Swathi’s friends about a stalker who had been following her since May. “One crucial statement of a co-passenger of Swathi had also identified him from CCTV footages. A third footage of the assailant riding a motorbike was also crucial in the investigation,” said the officer.