A 21-year-old college student was stabbed to death by his senior allegedly for talking to a girl who studied in the same college in Coimbatore. The incident happened on Wednesday night in Kempatty colony near Ukkadam. Both the students were apparently in love with the same girl.
According to the police, Muralidharan (21) and Balaji (24) studied in the same private college in the city. Muralidharan was allegedly in love with a second-year student in the same college and he and Balaji used to have frequent altercations on the issue.
On Wednesday night, Muralidharan was standing near an empty ground in Kempatty colony when Balaji came that way. An argument broke out between the two and Balaji took a knife hidden beneath his shirt and stabbed Muralidharan in the stomach multiple times. Hearing his cries, people who live nearby came to his help and rushed a profusely-bleeding Muralidharan to Coimbatore Medical College and hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Meanwhile, Balaji escaped from the spot.
The police launched a search for Balaji and picked him up around midnight.
Speaking to TNM, a police officer from Bazaar police station said that formalities for Balaji‚Äôs remand are in process. "In the first round of questioning, there seems to be no motive to the crime. However, we are still investigating," he said. An FIR has been registered against Balaji under sections 302 (Murder) and 506 (Criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
In an earlier instance on January 14 this year, a 21-year-old college student was murdered by by a gang of four men after he was found in a secluded spot with his girlfriend near Siruganur in Trichy district.
According to the police, the victim, Tamilvanan, was a student at K Ramakrishnan college of engineering in Trichy. He and his girlfriend had previously studied together. She is currently a nursing student while he was pursuing engineering. On Monday evening around 7 pm, they had both gone to a forested area about 20 kilometres from his college to spend some time together when the murder took place.
"This was a case of moral policing. The couple was merely looking for some alone time when these four men came and picked up a fight with them. The boy then fought back verbally and one of the men stabbed in the thigh," said Trichy Superintendent of Police Ziaul Haque.