CHENNAI: The city police on Tuesday arrested the 28-year-old estranged boyfriend of the 23-year-old woman, who was found murdered on Elliot’s Beach at Besant Nagar on Monday morning.
Police said the woman Nithya (28), a resident of Kotturpuram and a former staff at the canteen in the Adyar Cancer Institute, did not return home on Sunday night after she left for an outing in the evening.
On Monday morning, the kin of the deceased identified her after her body was moved to Government Royapettah Hospital after the locals tipped off the police about the body of a woman lying on the beach.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that she was in a relationship with one Elumalai, her colleague, who served tea in that canteen, for over two years. On learning about the relationship, Nithya’s relatives chided her and warned her to stay away from him.
They also stopped her from going to work five months ago and convinced her to break the ties with the man. But, Elumalai, who tried to contact the girl over phone, was warned by the girl’s mother.
Under the circumstances, Elumalai called Nithya to Elliot’s Beach on Sunday night to return the SIM card and gifts he had bought for her. Nithya told her family about this and said she would come back soon after returning the gifts and the SIM card. She met him in the usual spot they used to meet and the accused asked her to make up with him, but she refused.In a fit of rage, Elumalai strangled her to death by taking advantage of the failing light and escaped from the spot.
Shastri Nagar police arrested the accused near CMBT on Tuesday morning, while he was planning to escape. The accused was produced before a Magistrate and remanded in custody.