On Sunday, an ecstatic 19-year-old Sonali informed her family living in Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu that she had scored 80% marks in her semester exams. The third-year civil engineering student at the Karur Engineering College and her family celebrated without an inkling of the agony that lay ahead.
At 9:30am on Tuesday Sonali was attending her classes in college. A young man walked into class and started having a loud argument with her. Suddenly, he took a wooden block and started bludgeoning her. When Sonali’s shocked professor tried to restrain him, Udayakumar hit him too.
Udayakumar was a former student of the college, but was dismissed last semester for having low attendance.
On Tuesday morning, he entered the college premises claiming to take re-admission in the final year but went straight to Sonali’s classroom.
Sonali was immediately taken to Apollo Hospital in Karur and later shifted to Apollo Hospital in Madurai. But her injuries were too grave and the blood loss severe, Sonali died around 3pm at the hospital.
Udhayakumar was arrested near Mariammankoil in Karur within three hours of the incident, said the police. Inspector of Special Branch, Francis, told The News Minute, “The investigation is in the process. Udhayakumar claimed that he and Sonali were in a relationship for the last one-and-half-years, but Sonali had begun to ignore him for the past one month which led him to murder her,” he said.
But according to many in the college who have spoken to the media, it was just a one-sided affair. Though Sonali knew the student, she had stopped interacting with him after his suspension, say some reports.
Sonali is an only child. Her father had also passed away. Sonali’s uncle Rajesh told The News Minute, “She knew Udayakumar as he was studying in the same college. He was dismissed from the college last semester.” Udhayakumar hails from Velloor near Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district.
She had never complained about him to her family, said her uncle. “We do not know why he killed her. We have been trying to contact the college to ask about the incident. But they are not responding. They just admitted her to the Apollo Hospital in Karur and left. We have been calling the director, but got no response,” said Rajesh.
The post-mortem was conducted on Wednesday. The family is waiting to speak to the college authorities and know more about the incident. “We will wait till they come and tell us about the incident,” said Rajesh.
Sonali’s case is eerily similar to that of Swathi who was hacked to death at the Nungambakkom railway station in July.