19/09/2016 8:39 AM IST | Updated 19/09/2016 10:18 AM IST

Man Who Murdered IT Professional Swathi On Chennai Railway Platform, Commits Suicide In Jail

Ram Kumar allegedly murdered Swathi in June at Nungambakkam Railway Station in Chennai.


CHENNAI -- The accused in the sensational murder of 24-year-old IT professional Swathi on a railway platform allegedly committed suicide at the Puzhal Central prison yesterday, police said.

"He (Ram Kumar) committed suicide and the body is now in Royapettah Government Hospital," a top police official told.

Swathi was hacked to death, allegedly by Kumar, an engineering graduate, on 24 June while she was waiting to board a train at a platform of Nungambakkam suburban railway station to her work place on the city outskirts, an incident which was caught on CCTV. When police traced him days later and came to arrest him, he had allegedly attempted to commit suicide.

On how he committed suicide in jail, the police said, "It is in the domain of prison is said that he had bitten an electric wire in the jail dispensary," and had died subsequently.

Prison authorities declined to speak on Ram Kumar's death.

Also on HuffPost India.

Photo gallery Kids Are Asked What They Know About Religion, Their Answers Are A Lesson For Every Indian See Gallery
US Election
The latest polls, breaking news and analysis on the 2020 US presidential election from HuffPost