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Mystery shrouds Chennai college student’s death on tracks

Mystery shrouds Chennai college student’s death on tracks
Aravind Kumar

Chennai: Mystery shrouded the death of a 20-year-old college student whose body was found on the railway tracks on Sunday. He had left his home last Tuesday saying he was attending a wedding in Bengaluru.

The disappearance of a 38-year-old female computer lecturer from his college in Gowrivakkam at the same time had triggered rumours that they had eloped. The woman, a mother of two kids, had returned on August 18 when she told the police that she went away because of a domestic quarrel.

The youth was identified as Aravind Kumar, a BSc final year student and native of Tiruvannamalai, who had been staying with his aunt in Kamarajapuram in Selaiyur.

His body was found on the tracks with the head cut off, police said. The youth’s aunt alleges that the police did not bother to track the boy despite her giving a complaint on August 17.

While the police claimed it looks like a case of suicide, the boy’s father Ravichandran and aunt Viji say they are not ready to buy the suicide theory.

“The police never bothered to question the computer lecturer when she returned on August 18. They told us that she was not linked to Aravind going missing. But his college friends were telling otherwise,” Ravichandran told reporters.

“I gave the complaint on August 17 itself at Selaiyur police station. But the police are now saying they never received a complaint from us,” the aunt of the deceased youth, Viji, told reporters on Tuesday.

The family also alleges that the police had made them run here and there by misinforming them that the body was found on the railway track in Singaperumalkoil and the body was in the mortuary in Chengalpet medical college. But later they came to know the body, as well as his bag, was found in Perungalathur and the post-mortem was conducted in Chromepet GH,” a family member said.

Police had found a few bus tickets in the youth’s bag. “There were two tickets showing he travelled to Tiruchy from Chennai and two other tickets from Tiruchy to Puducherry. Two other bus tickets booked from Chennai to Bengaluru had been cancelled,” police said. Aravind Kumar’s body was cremated in Chromepet municipality crematorium on Monday after post-mortem.