Student stabbed to death near Tambaram station in Chennai
Mr. Swetha, a student, was stabbed to death by a youth near Tambaram station on Thursday afternoon.
The assailant, G. Ramachandran, 25, attempted to injure himself with the same weapon, a kitchen knife, but was overpowered by members of the public and turned over to the police. He told police he had a strained relationship with the 20-year-old student.
A police officer said Swetha, from Madras Christian College, was on her way to the train station to return to her home in Chromepet when Ramachandran accosted her.
The officer said during initial questioning, Ramachandran, working at a private company in Maraimalai Nagar, told police that he and Swetha became friends while they were traveling on the commuter train. But a few weeks ago, the girl stopped meeting him and did not answer his phone calls. On Thursday, as they were both arguing, he pulled out the knife and stabbed her.
He was arrested and admitted to hospital.
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