It has been 5 days since she was brutally murdered but the killer is still at large who walked out freely from the railway station leaving many more reasons to worry about the administration and society.
A 24-year-old girl, software engineer was hacked to death by an alleged stalker at Nungambakkam Railway Station in Chennai on Friday morning even as shell-shocked commuters looked on, and her body lie there for more than two hours.
Madras High Court rebuked the Police asking to solve the mystery within two days on 27th June 2016. The judge questioned police officers that for two hours, Swathi’s body was lying without even being covered, and asked: “Where were your police officers? Two hours on a platform.”
“If we feel there is any slackening in the investigation even after two days, we will take suo motu proceedings with permission from the chief justice,” warned a division bench of Justice S Nagamuthu and Justice V Bharathidasan on Monday.
S Swathi, a system engineer with Infosys, arrived at the station at 6.35 am to board the 6.45 am train for Chengalpet. Her father Santhanagopala Krishnan dropped her to the spot from their house on South Gengai Amman Koil Street in Choolaimedu, less than a km away.
Swathi had been working with Infosys since December 2014 at the company’s Mahindra Tech Park office near Maraimalai Nagar, and taking the 6.45 am train was her daily routine.
As Swathi waited for the train near where the rake’s ladies’ compartment would halt on Platform 2, a man wearing a checked shirt and black trousers and carrying a backpack approached towards her. After a heated argument that lasted two minutes, the man took out a machete from his bag and rained blows to her face and neck.
As soon as she fainted, the man calmly walked out of the station.
Police have released the footage of the killer. At the time of this horrifying incident, there were no RPF personnel at the station nor a security camera. A Government Railway Police (GRP) team rushed to the spot but didn’t move the body to a hospital for around two hours.
People witnessed the attack but failed to react, while many walked away from the gruesome scene and took the next train.
GRP officers informed Swathi’s family then. Her father Santhana Gopala Krishnan, a retired central government employee, rushed there and broke down on seeing her body.
He expressed sadness at the fact that people remained mute spectators when the gruesome incident took place and some even fled the spot, leaving the body in a pool of blood for hours.
He said the police cannot be there to protect citizens at all times, so people must show courage to come to each others’ help in times of need.
“It’s a great loss to my family. On that night people did not counter what happened and did not nab the culprit. Later her body was lying in pool of blood for hours. The GRP was investigating the case and yesterday it was shifted to Nugambakkam police station,”
he expressed his concern to the media.
He strongly called for a change in the attitude of the society and said,
“If anything happens to anybody’s mothers, sisters, will be mere spectators? Attitude needs to change.”
“We have obtained certain clues and are confident of nabbing the killer soon,” said superintendent of police, Chennai GRP, P Vijayakumar.
Swathi Needs Justice, it’s the time to voice the concern so that no other one becomes the next target, and victim. Dear people, don’t fail Swathi, let’s get aware and voice it loud for the justice.
Our prayers go with the family and concern to the whole community. Rest in peace, soul, Swathi.
(Cover Image shows the photo of murdered Infosys employee Swathi on the left and suspect’s image on the right released by the Chennai police. Courtesy: Facebook).