Two days after 25-year-old Rajasekhar allegedly murdered a female teacher in Cuddalore district for rejecting his marriage proposal, police have found him dead in a forest near Thoppainkulam village. Initial investigations reveal that the accused committed suicide on Friday, soon after he slit the throat of 23-year-old Ramya.
On Friday morning, the victim, Ramya, was amongst the first of the staff to arrive at the private school near Kurinjipadi where she worked to open all the classrooms. She was sitting alone in one of the rooms when Rajasekhar allegedly entered the premises and found her there. He then used a sharp object to attack her, cutting her neck and face. Ramya died on the spot.
According to the police, a sweeper in the school who was alerted by Ramya's cries came rushing to the room to find her dead. The school management then alerted the Kurinjipadi police station.
â€śSoon after killing her, the accused sped away on a motorbike and we found the license plate number,â€ť an investigating officer tells TNM. â€śWe informed a lot of local villagers the license plate number and also circulated his photo. By Friday itself we got information that he was in Thoppainkulam,â€ť he adds.
Following this, search efforts intensified in the region. On Sunday morning, some villagers who went into a cashew plantation in the area spotted Rajasekharâ€™s bike and immediately informed the police. While officers were on the way, they got another call from villagers informing them that the youth was found hanging from a tree.
â€śHe seems to have killed himself on Friday. His family identified the body,â€ť the investigating officer confirms.
Officials had earlier told TNM that Rajasekhar had claimed to be in love with Ramya and used to constantly stalk her. When she refused to marry him, he approached her parents for her hand in marriage about six months back. They too said such an alliance will not happen. Angered by the rejection, he allegedly murdered her at her school.