The Coimbatore police arrested a 27-year-old man on Sunday for allegedly murdering a 20-year-old college student. The accused, Satish Kumar who is already married, allegedly killed the woman, Pragathi, because he was against her family's decision to find her a groom.
According to the police, Pragathi and Satish had been in a relationship and wanted to get married but the victim's parents were against it. The two families were not inclined towards the pairing and Satish Kumar was eventually married off to another woman three years ago. Despite this, he continued to pressurise Pragathi's family to get her married to him and they refused.
"The victim and Satish have been in touch even after he got married but she was planning on moving on and getting married herself. The accused did not want this to happen," says Inspector Vairam, who is investigating the case. "So, before she left to Dindugal which is her hometown, he called her and they met. He then stabbed her in the neck with a knife and killed her," he explained.
Pragathi was a second-year undergraduate student at a college in Coimbatore and had boarded a bus to her hometown on Friday afternoon. However, she never made it home.
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. One of the villagers identified the body as that of Pragathi, following which her parents were informed and the body was sent to the hospital for an autopsy.
"Even the parents did not suspect that Satish would have committed this murder," says the investigating officer.
An FIR has been registered at Gomangalam police station under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC. Police are still interrogating Satish over the murder.