Medico’s murder: No police verification of accused

Married less than a year ago, Mech also led the police to his in-laws’ house in Dibrugarh where he had concealed the victim’s cellphone.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: May 11, 2014 4:03 am
Activists and students protest the medical student’s murder in Sivasagar on Saturday. (PTI) Activists and students protest the medical student’s murder in Sivasagar on Saturday. (PTI)

A day after Kiru Mech was arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of a PG student in the Assam Medical College in Dibrugarh, police have discovered that he was a casual employee taken in without conducting any police verification.

Mech (28), a casual ward boy in the AMC Hospital, had confessed that he had strangulated and then slit the throat of Sarita Kumari Toshniwal, the PG student, inside doctors’ duty room attached to the ICU of the gynaecology department Friday morning.

“While the accused has confessed having committed the crime, we are yet to ascertain the exact motive. But I am sure we will be able to wind up the investigation in the next couple of days after examining a few more aspects. Meanwhile, we have found several lapses in the overall administration of the AMC Hospital, which had contributed to creation of a situation where a lady doctor had to work alone on a night shift,” Dibrugarh SP Rana Bhuyan said.

“The accused, who has been working on a casual basis as a ward boy in the gynae department, was engaged without conducting any police verification,” SP Bhuyan said. He also said that the private security guards engaged in the AMC premises were not from any reputed security agency and there was no proper police verification carried out on them too.

The SP said although there was another male doctor on the duty list along with the victim on Thursday’s night duty, he had not turned up at the last moment. “We are still trying to find out why he had not attended duty that night,” the SP said, wondering what mechanism the medical college has in place, if at all, when a lady doctor has to attend night duty alone.

Meanwhile, the accused, on being produced before a magistrate in Dibrugarh Saturday, was remanded in five days’ police custody. Married less than a year ago, Mech also led the police to his in-laws’ house in Dibrugarh where he had concealed the victim’s cellphone.

SP Bhuyan said the murder was committed between 5 am and 6.30 am when Toshniwal was all alone in the gynaecology department’s doctor’s room. “The nurse who was on duty with the lady doctor had left without handing over charge to her reliever of the morning shift, and we suspect that the accused took advantage of the victim being all alone,” he said.

Police are examining the call list on the victim’s cellphone. Police said CCTV footage showed the accused entering and coming out of the doctors’ duty room at least twice around the time when the crime took place.

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