Samrajyo Jyothirmai Vempala, 23, from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, had succumbed to severe head injuries on Tuesday while the suspect Nagaraja Kumar Nalluri, also an Indian student, was found seriously injured in the same private accommodation where she was living in Handsworth, a suburb of Birmingham.
Nalluri was admitted to the City Hospital, Birmingham, and arrested soon after he was released on Thursday. He will be produced in the Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday. The West Midlands Police said that he has since been cooperating in the murder inquiry. The motive for Jyothirmai’s murder is expected to be revealed when the charges are read out in the court.
Jyothirmai was enrolled in a postgraduate degree in Health Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton, 11 km from Handsworth. Expressing the university’s deepest sympathies, its marketing and communications director Ashar Ehsan said in a statement: “Feedback from fellow students and tutors indicate that she (Jyothirmai) was a very bright and enthusiastic student.”