Colleague held in doctor's murder case

A colleague-doctor was today arrested in the murder case of Dr Sarita Tasniwal of Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh. The accused, Dr Dipmoni Saikia, is suspected to have planned the murder of Dr Sarita after the latter rejected his love proposal.

Dr Saikia was picked up last evening and interrogated. He was arrested this morning, Dibrugarh superintendent of police Rana Bhuyan said today.The arrest was made based on the confessional statement of ward boy Kiru Mech who was arrested earlier.

Dr Saikia and Mech executed the murder that was being planned since a month, police said. 'In order to take revenge for his rejected love proposal, Dr Saikia planned the murder. He roped in the ward boy who was promised that his appointment at the hospital will be regularized if he helped in the plan,' Mr Bhuyan said. Sarita was murdered while she was sleeping at the rest room adjacent to the ICU of the hospital early morning on Friday. Before strangulating the victim, Dr Saikia allegedly assaulted her sexually.

Meanwhile, the state government had yesterday ordered suspension of the principal of AMCH Dr A K Adhikari, for going on a foreign trip without taking the government's permission.

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