Chennai: A 20-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a man outside Tambaram railway station here on Thursday.
The victim has been identified as M Swetha, a student of Madras Christian College's School of Continuing Education.
After the attack, the assailant, identified as Nagapattinam-native Ramachandran, had tried to take his own life, but in vain.
He is an employee of a firm in Maraimalai Nagar.
He was admitted to a hospital and is reportedly out of danger.
It appears the duo had known each other for the past two years, the police said.
However, the girl had avoided the man for the past couple of months, according to the police.
On Thursday, Ramachandran accosted her while she was returning from college to board a train.
There, he threatened to end his life. After slitting his hand first, Ramarachandran stabbed at her several places leaving her in a pool of blood.
Seeing the grisly incident, passersby caught hold of him and handed him to the police.
Swetha was declared dead at the spot.
Thursday's incident sent chills down the spine of the locals reminding them of the horrifying murder of a 24-year-old techie Swathi in the morning of June 24, 2016, at the Nungambakkam railway station here by a youth Ramkumar from Tirunelveli.
Days after he was arrested Ramkumar allegedly killed himself in prison.
AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam condemned the murder of the girl student and said incidents like these are very distressing.
Hearing the news of the student's murder in broad daylight has caused great anguish. It is distressing that rise in the incidents of murders has caused insecurity and apprehension among women, he said in a statement here.
Panneerselvam urged the police to expeditiously arrest the man responsible for the murder of the college student and punish him for the offence.
He also conveyed his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the bereaved members of the girl's family.