Chennai, Feb. 22: A woman employee of Tata Consultancy Services, missing since February 13, was found dead today, with police saying they were treating it as “suspicious murder”.
The police and the company identified the employee as Uma Maheshwari, 24, who worked at the TCS centre in an IT Park at Siruseri, about 20km south-east of Chennai.
Her body was discovered after a passer-by alerted the police following a foul stench coming from a bush in a desolate spot near the complex.
The police then called her father and colleagues to identify the body. “As the post mortem revealed a deep stab wound, we are treating it as suspicious murder,” Kancheepuram SP Vijayakumar said.
Maheshwari, who had been working in the accounts department since February 2013, used to stay with friends near the office. Her colleagues said she had not taken the office cab after work on February 13. Her mobile phone had been switched off since then.
Her father Balasubramniam, who is from Salem, had come down to Chennai after her office called him to enquire if Maheshwari had gone home, only to find out that he, too, had not heard from her for over a week. TCS and her father had filed a missing person complaint.
In a statement, TCS expressed shock and promised to strengthen security measures.
“Uma Maheshwari’s untimely demise has been a terrible shock to all of us and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this hour of grief. With TCS since February 2013, she was well liked by her colleagues and was someone her team leader could depend on.
“This shocking incident is a sad reminder of the safety and security risks women face today and as an organisation we are working with our employees to continuously strengthen our security measures,” a company spokesperson said in a media release.