Swathi Murder Accused Ramkumar Commits Suicide in Jail
The main suspect and Swathi. (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)
The main suspect and Swathi. (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Swathi Murder Accused Ramkumar Commits Suicide in Jail

In what has sent shockwaves across the state of Tamil Nadu, the accused in the brutal murder of Chennai Infosys techie Swathi, Ramkumar, has killed himself.

The police speculates that Ramkumar bit into a live electric wire at the Puzhal prison, where he was lodged while undergoing trial.

He was immediately taken to the Royapettah general hospital in Chennai where he was declared ‘brought dead’.

He was arrested in July for allegedly hacking to death Swathi, an IT employee in the Nungambakkam Railway station in the early hours of 24 June.

Ramkumar lived in on the second floor of AS Mansion in Chennai’s Choolaimedu for three months, less than a kilometre from Swati’s house on Gangai Amman Koil Street.

He had been stalking her for several days and had killed her because she did had turned him down.

The Chennai police arrested him from his house in Meenakshipuram in Thirunelveli district on 1 July.

Ramukumar, an engineer by training had come to Chennai looking for a job.

In August, Ramkumar’s mother Pushpam claimed that her son was innocent and that police to guard the real accused, had foisted a case and arrested him.

In her petition with the Madras High Court, she also alleged that the special police team that went to Karnataka in connection with the probe, had seized the sim card and laptop of 24-year-old Infosys techie S Swathi, which showed she may have been murdered due to a love affair.