K Gopalakrishnan, Swathi’s father, in an exclusive interview to CNN News 18 has said that it is very unfortunate that no one came forward to help my daughter.
She was lying in a pool of blood for more than 2 hours and no one turned up. Even the policemen reached the spot late. It was shocking for me and raises questions about the security of other woman commuters,” rued the father.
While we learnt from police sources that the killer could be a stalker, Swathi’s father has revealed that on May 10 Swathi had complained about a man who used to follow her.
“She also alerted the local shopkeepers about the stalker. We were concerned and used to drop and receive her from the railway station,”the Father said.
He also added that the family is cooperating with Chennai police and says he is confident that the investigating team will track down the culprit.
With no headway in the case, the BJP and the Congress staged a protest demanding justice for Swathi.
The BJP State President, Tamilisai Soundarajan said, “CM has said in the State Assembly that the State is fine but we are worried about the safety of women in our state because of such incidents. In how many cases have the culprits been punished.”
Kushboo, Congress Leader and film star during the protest said, “It is very unfortunate that something like this has happened. Let this be the last incident. We as citizens have failed in our duty. There were so many bystanders but they did nothing. They were mute spectators. This is very shocking. I think they should have come forward. If anyone has shot a video or clicked pictures please take it to the cops as it will help them”.
It’s been 5 days since 24-year-old Swathi was brutally murdered on June 24 in Chennai but the killer is still at large.
But this brings to light the public apathy and also the fact that railway staff were not present at the crime site.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner, T.K Rajendran said, “Investigation is on in full swing and is on the right track based on information received from family members and friends of Swathi. We have initiated a special plan for this particular murder. I urge the public to give us information regarding the killer. 8 special teams have been formed to nab the absconding accused.”
This case was transferred from Railway police to State police after the Madras High court came down heavily on the Public Prosecutor. The High Court has given Chennai police a 2 day deadline to crack the case. It said it will take suo moto action if there is no headway in the case even after two days.
source – News18