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Police keep detainee’s identity under wraps

The west Midlands spokesperson refuses to reveal the identity of the 24-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of Indian student Jyotirmayee Nagasaibabu, reports Vijay Dutt.
Hindustan Times | By Vijay Dutt, London
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2008 02:02 AM IST

The west Midlands spokesperson refused to reveal the identity of the 24-year-old man arrested on Wednesday in connection with the murder of 23-year-old post-graduate student Jyotirmayee Nagasaibabu.

She was murdered at her residence in Montague Road, Handsworth, a suburb of Birmingham, on Tuesday. The officer told the HT, “We can only tell you that a 24-year-old man is assisting the police in its inquiries about the murder of the student. He has not been charged as yet.” As per the British rules, police cannot reveal the identity of a detainee until a charge is framed against him or her.

The police also refused to confirm if this was the person found injured inside the house on Tuesday. He had initially been hospitalised. But the police confirmed on Wednesday evening that he had been discharged from the hospital.

But the fact that the West Midlands detectives requested the Indian Consulate in Birmingham to send an interpreter, hints that the 24-year-old man may be of Indian origin. “It can be safely presumed that he is from or around Andhra Pradesh,” an insider told HT.

Jyotirmayee Nagasaibabu was pursuing an MS degree in Health Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton. She had joined the course on a scholarship in September 2007.

The police have started forensic investigation of the murder spot besides holding house-to-house inquiries in the area.

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