The incident comes two months after a similar brutal killing of woman techie Swathi in a railway station in Chennai for rejecting love of a man. K Sonali, doing BE Civil Engineering, was attacked by P Udayakumar on her head with a log of wood in broad daylight even as some of her classmates present there looked in shock, police said.

She bled profusely and was rushed to a private hospital in Madurai, about 140 km from here, where she succumbed without responding to treatment, police said. The assailant was one year senior to the victim in the college. A native of Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram District, had dropped out of the institution last year.

Udayakumar met the victim at the college canteen today. As she did not talk anything with him, he was infuriated. He followed her, went to her classroom and hit her with a wooden log, police said. He was arrested soon after the incident and a case of murder slapped against him.

The college management has declared holiday for three days from today. Swathi, employed with an IT firm, was hacked to death allegedly by a man in the Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai on July 24 in full public view in the morning. After a man-hunt, police arrested Ramkumar on the charge of killing her.

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