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Friend, sister say Swathi talked about stalker

A candlelight vigil held in memory of software professional S. Swathi in Chennai. Photo: K. Pichumani  

Ending accusations of the public not calling for help after software engineer S. Swathi was murdered at the Nungambakkam Railway Station in Chennai on Friday last, sources in ambulance service 108 said they received two calls from the station seeking help immediately after the attack.

Medical personnel reached the spot in some time and confirmed that Swathi was dead.

Sources from the Government Railway Police (GRP) said it was untrue that no one had covered the body. “After the medical personnel confirmed that she was dead, a shop owner on the platform covered the body with three shirts and a towel,” said a source.

More digital evidence?

Nearly an hour after the murder took place, forensic experts reached the station. “They have taken photographs of the scene of crime, position of the body, direction in which the blood splashed, blood samples and other evidence. The weapons were also seized. As the texture of the handle was soft, it did not have any fingerprints,” said a police source.

However, the GRP has obtained CCTV footage from Nungambakkam and the victim’s office.

To ascertain if there was a stalker, the police talked to some of her friends and one of them seems to have answered in the affirmative.

“She said she had seen only the side profile of the stalker and that he was dressed shabbily,” a police source said.

S. Nithya, the victim’s elder sister, said Swathi was stalked by a stranger on May 10 while returning from work. “She complained about the stalker to a hawker on the foot overbridge and informed us about the whole episode when she reached home,” she said.

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