Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today directed police to arrest the culprits involved in the murder of a 24-year-old IT woman employee here at the earliest and announced a compensation of Rs three lakh to the family of the victim.
"I have directed the police (CB-CID) to arrest the culprits at the earliest and take legal action against them," she said in a statement.
Expressing her condolences and sympathies, Jayalalithaa announced Rs three lakh as compensation from the Chief Minister's General Relief Fund.
Two migrant workers from West Bengal, Uttam Mandal and Ram Mandal were arrested yesterday in connection with the brutal murder of the techie, whose body was found in the SIPCOT campus at Siruseri near here in a decomposed state on February 22.
The techie had gone missing from February 13 and her father had filed a complaint next day with police who initially did not take it up seriously.
Police, who presented the two accused before the media tonight, said that based on the information provided by the duo, special teams had been sent to different places to nab some more persons. All the accused had taken liquor at a nearby TASMAC shop before committing the crime, they added.
However, they refused to specify the number of persons involved in the crime which has brought to sharp focus safety issues concerning woman IT employees.
The state government transferred the case to CB-CID wing which had announced Rs two lakh reward to those who provide information on the killers of the woman.
CB-CID IGP Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal said the accused had sexually assaulted the woman before murdering her and taking away her mobile phone and credit card.