Swathi murder: Ramkumar remanded in 15-day judicial custody

Swathi-murder P. Ramkumar | PTI

The accused in the murder of a woman IT employee in Chennai, arrested last week and hospitalised in Tirunelveli after attempting suicide while being nabbed, was on Monday brought to Chennai and admitted to a government hospital where a magistrate remanded him in judicial custody.

24-year-old P. Ramkumar was brought in an ambulance from Tirunelveli Government Medical College Hospital with a medical team and police escort and admitted to the Government Royapettah Hospital in the early hours, police said.

XIII Metropolitan Magistrate S. Gopinathan visited Ramkumar at the hospital and remanded him in judicial custody for 15 days, police said.

Ramkumar was arrested on July 1 from his house in T Meenkakshipuram village in Tirunelveli district in connection with the June 24 sensational murder of S. Swati at Nungambakkam railway station.

He had attempted suicide by slashing his neck after he was surrounded by police following which he was undergoing treatment at the Tiruneveli hospital.

Tirunelveli First Judicial Magistrate Ramadoss had on Sunday visited Ramkumar at the hospital in Tirunelveli and gave authorisation to bring him to Chennai with police security and medical personnel.

Ramkumar allegedly killed Swathi after she resisted his attempt to befriend her. He had also reportedly told Swathi that he was in love with her, which she rejected.

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