A 20-year-old woman was found dead on the side of the road near Gomangalam town with her neck slashed on Saturday evening. The Coimbatore police are yet to track down the accused.
According to the police, Vidya*, a second-year undergraduate student in a college in Coimbatore had boarded a bus to her hometown on Friday afternoon. She had called and informed her mother about the journey while on the bus.
However, she did not reach home on Friday and her worried parents filed a missing person complaint with the police station in Coimbatore city on Saturday morning. On Saturday evening, Gomangalam police received information that the body of a young woman has been found on the side of the road near Poosaripatty village with her neck slashed.
The police rushed to the spot and conducted an inquiry with the people there. One of the villagers identified the body as that of Vidya, following which her parents were informed and the body was sent to the hospital for an autopsy.
An FIR has been registered at Gomangalam police station under section 302 (murder) of the IPC. Speaking to TNM, a police officer from the station said that the body is yet to be handed over to the family of the woman and that the police is investigating the case.
Four special teams have been formed by Coimbatore SP Sujith Kumar to nab the culprits behind the murder and the police are analysing the CCTV footage near her college to find any leads to the murder.
The murder comes even as the recent spate of sexual crimes in Coimbatore has caused a situation of panic among the people in the region. It was only a month ago that the police arrested four men for allegedly running a sexual crime-extortion racket in Pollachi. The case sparked outrage among the public and was handed over to the CB-CID for investigation. The police officers investigating that case were also recently transferred following lapses in following set guidelines while investigating sexual crimes.
(*Name changed to protect the identity of the victim)
(This is a developing story)