CHENNAI: A college student and a final year visual communications student at a city college, S Satish (21) of Mannivakkam, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly murdering a transgender about a month ago in Perungalathur near Tambaram.
On the night of April 18, Satish had slashed the transgender, Pooja (28) and left her to die on the railway track near Perungalathur junction.
“The next morning when we recovered the body, we found cut injuries and launched a manhunt,” an investigating official of the Peerkankarani police said.
Pooja lived in Periyar Street near Sanatorium. The accused, after the murder took away Pooja’s mobile phone. “He kept the phone switched off and went into hiding for a few days. When he switched on the phone recently, our teams tracked him down,” the official added.
Police said the student continued going to college as if nothing had happened and claimed that he was not aware that the transgender had died.
“I was returning from Anna Nagar after a short film shoot for my final year project work. She confronted me and snatched my bag,” the student had claimed.
The boy used to carry a pen knife in his back pocket and after a duel, he slashed her several times using the knife and fled with her phone, police said.
He was picked up from his house on Wednesday by a special team after which he confessed the crime. He was produced before a court and remanded in judicial custody.
What’s in the files
On April 18 night, Satish had slashed a transgender named Pooja (28) and left her to die on the railway track near Perungalathur junction. He continued going to college as if nothing had happened. He was picked up from his house on Wednesday by a special team after which he confessed the crime.