A year after Swathi murder

Commuters say CCTV cameras can act as a powerful deterrent and their absence at many railway stations in the city makes them feel unsafe

Updated - December 04, 2021 10:55 pm IST

Published - June 23, 2017 01:47 pm IST

Software engineer S. Swathi was hacked to death at the Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai on June 24.

Software engineer S. Swathi was hacked to death at the Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai on June 24.

June 24, 2016:

S. Swathi, an Infosys employee, was hacked to death in full public view at 6.40 a.m. while she was waiting on the platform of Nungambakkam railway station to board a suburban  train to go to her office.

The station master of Nungambakkam railway station lodged a complaint with the Government Railway Police and the case was later transferred to the Nungambakkam police.

June 25:

The police released a visual of a man captured in CCTV footage from cameras installed nearby.

July 2:

After a manhunt for the accused in several places across the city, the police zeroed in on P. Ramkumar , who was picked up from his native village in Tirunelveli district.

July 3:

He was brought to Chennai and lodged at the Central Prison, Puzhal.

September 18:

Ramkumar 'committed suicide' inside Puzhal prison by 'pulling and biting into a live electric wire.'

January 2017:

Chargesheet filed at the Metropolitan Magistrate Court.

February 2017:

The Magistrate ordered the formal closure of the case since the accused had died.


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