College girl killed after being pushed in front of moving train at St. Thomas Mount station in Chennai

Incident follows a heated argument between the victim and the accused, a 23-year-old youth; victim assaulted her during spat a few months ago

October 13, 2022 04:38 pm | Updated October 14, 2022 03:21 pm IST - CHENNAI

S. Sathya, 20, a college student from Adambakkam who was pushed in front of a moving suburban train at St. Thomas Mount station in Chennai by a 23-year-old youth following a heated argument on October 13, 2022

S. Sathya, 20, a college student from Adambakkam who was pushed in front of a moving suburban train at St. Thomas Mount station in Chennai by a 23-year-old youth following a heated argument on October 13, 2022 | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

A 20-year-old girl was killed after she was deliberately pushed in the path of a moving train at St. Thomas Mount railway station here on Thursday.

The police said the victim, identified as S. Sathya, 20, of Adambakkam was the daughter of a woman constable and studying B. Com at a private college in Tambaram.  

The accused is D. Sathish, 23, of Adambakkam. His father is a retired special sub-inspector of police. Both were living at the police quarters in Alandur. Personnel of the Government Railway Police from Tambaram and Mambalam stations recovered the body.

Government Railway Police inspect the spot where a 20-year-old college girl was pushed in front of a moving sub-urban train by a 23-year-old youth on October 13, 2022, following a heated argument

Government Railway Police inspect the spot where a 20-year-old college girl was pushed in front of a moving sub-urban train by a 23-year-old youth on October 13, 2022, following a heated argument | Photo Credit: B. Velankanni Raj

Victim known to the accused; attacked her during spat in the past

Police sources said the two had been in love and she had avoided him recently. Both had a dispute that their families were aware of.

Around noon, Sathya and her classmate came to the railway station to take a train to T. Nagar. Sathish followed Sathya and picked a heated argument with her on the platform. He suddenly pushed her in front of the train proceeding from Tambaram to Chennai Beach. She was decapitated. He fled the spot.

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Additional Director-General of Police, Railways, V. Vanitha told  The Hindu, “Special teams have been constituted to trace the accused. We will secure him soon.” Following the incident, the Government Railway Police and the Railway Protection Force increased the protection at the railway stations.

A special police team interrogated a friend of Sathya and the parents of the accused. They also analysed CCTV camera footage to find out his behaviour and whereabouts. The body was sent to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital for post-mortem.

The police said the accused had fought with the victim a few months ago and attacked her. The police let him off with a warning.

It may be recalled that on June 24, 2016, S. Swathi, a 24-year-old information technology professional, was murdered by her stalker Ramkumar in broad daylight. Later, Ramkumar ended his life in prison.

In September 2021, M. Swetha, 21, a college student, was stabbed to death by a young man, G. Ramachandran, near the Tambaram railway station.

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