Navarasu was 19-year old 1st year student of the Muthaiyah Medical College of Annamalai University and victimized by a ragging murder. His father was a former Madras University Vice Chancellor K. Ponnuswamy. He went missing from his hostel room Nov 6, 1996 and his mutilated body was discovered far away the next day. John David, a hostel-mate of Navarasu, was charged with committing the ragging-related murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment. But later the high court acquitted him.