Chennai: DGP visits crime scene, says woman, assailant out of danger

Chennai: Following the shocking incident of a woman attacked with a knife by a spurned man at Chetpet railway station on Friday night,  Director General of Police of the Railways (GRP) C. Sylendra Babu visited the Chetpet railway station on Saturday morning.

The incident that happened at around 7. 50 pm on Friday at Chetpet railway station, triggered public anger over the safety of women. The suspect identified as Surendran(27) of Erode slashed and stabbed Themozhi( 26)  and tried to commit suicide by jumping before a train. Both suffered grievous injuries and were admitted to different hospitals, where their condition is said to be stable.

On Saturday morning, DGP C. Sylendra Babu conducted inquiries with the witnesses and inspected the scene of the crime. Speaking to media, the DGP said though the survivor and accused are out of danger, they are yet to give statements to the police, after he visited Thenmozhi undergoing treatment in Kilpauk medical college and hospital. He said, the duo, who know each other, got into an argument at the Chetpet railway station when railway personnel pacified the duo and asked the man to leave. However, Surendran attacked her with sharp weapon injuring her chin and fingers, Even before the police could apprehend him, the suspect jumped before the moving train and suffered a head injury.

After injuring himself on his head, the man fell on the railway track, the official said, adding there was no train at the time.

Sources say the victim and the suspect belong to different communities and the man had proposed to her and the family was against him. When Surendran confronted her with the matter on Friday,  she told him that she was ready to marry the man her parents had chosen. This angered him and in a heated argument, he attacked her.

The attack took place in full public view in the station. There were no Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras installed on station premises though it was proposed three years ago when techie Swathi was killed on June 24, 2016, at the Nungambakkam railway station.

 Asked why no CCTV cameras were installed in railway stations, Sylendra Babu said the process is underway. Several railway stations in the state are under their surveillance and soon all in the city will come under their scanner , he added.

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