A 22-year-old college student was murdered in his room in Hosur industrial town in the wee hours of Wednesday.
The deceased, Ragav, son of Ramanathan of Ambattur in Chennai, was staying in a room in Kamaraj Colony Third Cross in Hosur and was studying third-year BE (Architecture) in a private engineering college.
Police said around 3 am on Wednesday, Narasimhan, the landlord, woke up on hearing screams from the first floor where Ragav was staying.
When Narasimhan stepped out of his house, he found two unidentified persons in their twenties moving about suspiciously on the compound. When he questioned them, the duo fled.
Narasimhan then reached the first floor and found Raghav’s room locked from outside. When he peeped in through the window, he saw Ragav lying in a pool of blood. He then alerted the police.
A police team comprising Hosur DSP Gopi, Town Police Inspector Pal Pandi and Soolagiri Inspector Vijayakumar, VAO Krishnarao and other officials rushed to the spot. Investigations revealed that the attackers had killed Raghav by slitting his throat. Fingerprints were lifted from the spot and a sniffer dog was pressed into service.
According to police, the motive behind the murder was yet to be established. There was blood all over in the bathroom and it seemed the accused had washed their hands there after the murder, they said. The culprits had also sprayed chilli powder all over the room in a bid to prevent the sniffer dogs from advancing further from the murder spot. This showed that the culprits were professionals, police sources said, adding that the case would be investigated from all angles, including love affair.
Police said that the victim’s father Ramanathan was running a small scale industrial unit in Ambattur Industrial Estate in Chennai.
His parents rushed to Hosur upon receiving information about the murder.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that a laptop was missing from the room. However, the police recovered the mobile phone used by the victim and are scanning the call records.