CHENNAI: Death of a 22-year-old woman at the Stanley Medical College Hospital under suspicious circumstances on Thursday after she went missing from home sparked off tension in the neighbourhood.
Relatives and friends of the deceased attempted to stage a road blockade claiming that the woman had been gang-raped, resulting in her death. The local police pacified them and a case of unnatural death was registered. Police said M Jeyasri (22), living with her aunt, Kantha, since childhood at Wall Tax Road, is believed to have eloped with a co-worker at a local steel company, on November 24. A missing complaint was lodged with the police. The family received a call from Jeyasri on November 27 stating that she was at Kallakurichi. The family’s suspicion was on one Francis who had befriended Jeyasri.
Meanwhile, the police found Jeyasri in the shelter of a DMK functionary in Villupuram after she was sighted in Kallakurichi.
Since she was weak, the family said they did not ask her anything. She was brought to Seven Wells Police station on Wednesday and the cops suggested she be given first aid before interrogation.
However, the family took her back home after doctors at a private hospital refused treatment citing legal issues. Early on Thursday, Jeyasri was rushed to Government Stanley Hospital after she complained of uneasiness. She was declared brought dead. Francis was detained for interrogation by the local police.
Meanwhile, preliminary post-mortem examination suggested that Jeyasri had died of strangulation with a rope, police said.