The police on Saturday arrested a repeat offender on charges of murdering a 13-year-old schoolgirl after he tried to rape her near Seydunganallur in Thoothukudi.
Police arrested C Subbiah (36) of Paaraikuttam after the body of Anita (named changed), a class VII student of a Girls Higher Secondary School in Nazareth, was found in an open field near the Thathankulam railway station on Friday morning, a day after she went missing while on her way to catch a train to school.
Thoothukudi Superintendent of Police J Rajendran said, that investigators started focussing on Subbiah during their manhunt as there were two case against him at the Maniyachi police station. Subbiah was arrested in November for harassing his aunt and after being released on bail, he attacked his cousin and aunt on December 17 for lodging a police complaint against him.
Subbiah reportedly arrived at Thathankulam from Tirunelveli on the evening of December 19 to meet his brother. He remained at the station as he was drinking heavily. An inebriated Subbiah saw Anita coming alone to the station on December 20 and forcibly took her to a nearby field and tried to rape her. After the rape attempt failed when Anita screamed, he strangulated her with her dupatta and fled, according to police.
The SP lauded the special teams led by the DSPs of Srivaikundam, Satankulam, Tiruchendur for arresting the culprit within 24 hours of lodging the complaint.