Pilloried by the local and national media over deteriorating law and order in Chennai, once considered one of the safest cities for women, police commissioner TK Rajendran said it was unjust to paint such a grim picture on the basis of a few stray incidents.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, the Chennai police commissioner announced the capture of the prime suspect Ram Kumar, 22, in the killing of Infosys techie S Swathi from Senkottai in Tiruneveli district. Swathi was hacked to death in public on June 24.
“We have clear evidence that Ram Kumar was the killer and he had no accomplices,” Rajendran said, putting to rest speculation about multiple suspects.
The police combed the Chooleimedu area, where the girl lived. Information from eyewitnesses and locals led to Tirunelveli, Ram Kumar’s hometown.
When police went to arrest him, Ram Kumar allegedly attempted suicide. He is being treated at a local hospital in Tirunelveli, where doctors declared him unfit to travel, Rajendran said. It remains unclear when the accused will be brought to Chennai for further investigation.
Parents and siblings of Ram Kumar are also being questioned, he said.
Regarding the spike in violent crimes in the city over the last month, the police chief said these were “stray incidents” that had no correlation to the law and order in the city and state. The commissioner also described the Swathi murder as a case of infatuation, wherein a youth stalked a girl for a few days before the attack that claimed her life.
In all cases the culprits were arrested promptly, he said.