Jyothirmayi murder: man arrested

Hasan Suroor

LONDON: A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 23-year-old Indian student, Vempala Samrajya Jyothirmayi of the University of Wolverhampton, on Tuesday. She was found dead at a house in Handsworth, Birmingham.

Police said the suspect was 24 years old and was helping them with their inquiries but declined to disclose his name or nationality. A spokesperson of the West Midlands police, which is investigating the murder, confirmed to The Hindu that another person — believed to be an Indian male student — also sustained head injuries in the attack and was taken to hospital. He has since been discharged.

A local newspaper claimed that he was the same man who was later arrested on suspicion of murder, but there was no official confirmation.

The exact circumstances of Jyothirmayi’s murder were not clear and police would only say that, according to a post-mortem examination, she died of head injuries.

Vijayawada Staff Reporter writes: The body Jyothirmayi is expected to reach the city only after a week. Officials of the Consulate General of India at Birmingham told the Vijayawada police that the body would be sent to India only after conducting two post-mortem examinations and a forensic test.

Free air travel

Even as the State Government offered free air travel to the family members of the girl to leave for Birmingham for the funeral, Jyothirmayi’s parents were keen on performing her last rites here. “Since many of our relatives want to have a last glimpse of Jyothirmayi, we’re requesting the government to take steps to bring the body here at the earliest,” Naga Saibaba, father of Jyothirmayi, said.

Hyderabad Special Correspondent adds: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy expressed concern over the “rigid rules” followed by the Birmingham police with regard to murder cases leading to delay in taking possession of Jyothirmayi’s body.

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