Kochi: A 42-year-old woman was allegedly raped and beaten to death by a migrant labourer in Kerala's Kochi on Wednesday (November 27). Kerala Police have arrested a 27-year-old man identified as Umar Ali from Assam in connection with the incident.

According to reports, the woman's naked body was found lying in a pool of blood near a hotel in the city. Police said the man had raped the woman and killed her by repeatedly hitting her head.

The man also destroyed a close circuit TV camera of a nearby building which had captured the incident. The police, however, could identify him using footage from another CCTV camera.

Similarly, in 2016, a law student was raped and assaulted using sharp-edged weapons before being murdered at her house in Perumbavoor.

Ameerul Islam from Assam, the lone convict, found guilty in the rape and murder of the 30-year old Dalit woman, was awarded death sentence by a principal sessions court at Ernakulam in 2017. 

With PTI inputs