Munnar: A youngster, who attacked a 21-year-old student with a sickle on Tuesday afternoon, was arrested on Wednesday early morning.
Alvin, the accused, was absconding after attacking 21-year-old teacher training course student Princy. Manorama News reported that the youngster, who was hiding near the old CSI Church in the area, came out in the midnight due to extreme cold climate. The guard of the church, who spotted Alvin, alerted the cops who later nabbed him.
The attack happened at 5 pm on Tuesday at a deserted section of the Nallatanni road in Munnar while Princy, a native of Kozhippara in Palakkad, was returning to the hostel from her institute.
Princy has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Tata Tea Hospital and her condition is stated to be serious. She has deep cuts on her left ear and cheek, just above her neck.
She is a first-year student of the Government Teacher Training Institute (TTI).
Alvin carried a sickle and waited at a secluded place while Princy was returning from college before hacking her with the weapon. He then fled from the spot.
She lay in a pool of blood and it was passers-by who rushed her to the hospital.
The accused Alvin was a friend and neighbour of Princy. However, she ended her friendship with Alvin due to his bad conduct, police stated.