CCTV footage from the crime scene helps trace two migrant workers from West Bengal

New Delhi : Two migrant workers from West Bengal were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the brutal murder of a 24-year old IT woman employee with CCTV footage from the area providing the breakthrough in the case.

Uttam Mandal (24) and Ram Mandal (21) of Malda district in West Bengal were arrested by local and CB-CID police, three days after the decomposed body of Uma Maheswari, employed with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), was found at the SPICOT IT Park in Siruseri.

The woman 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, 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.

Narrating the sequence of events, the IG said the woman, hailing from Salem district, had come out of her office at 10.15 pm after informing her team leader and was walking on a footpath to the main road, which was about one km from the campus.

A group of migrant workers present there had waylaid and dragged her into a nearby bush and sexually assaulted her. They then murdered her by stabbing her.

Aggarwal said 15 special police teams were formed to investigate the case and a perusal of CCTV footage from nearby IT firms and an ATM helped them zero in on the cuplrits who have been staying in the city for the past eight months taking up construction work.

He said one of the assailants mistook the credit card of the victim to be that of an ATM card and attempted to withdraw cash from the nearby ATM of

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