Colleague kills Assam jr doctor

Assam police have claimed to resolve the sensational murder case of Sarita Toshniwal in Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) at Dibrugarh after the arrest of a post graduate medical student today. Police traced Dr Dipmani Saikia, a colleague of Ms Toshniwal, following the confessional statements of  ward boy Kiro Mech, who was arrested soon after the murder took place on 9 May 2014. 

Sarita, a first year PG medical student of AMCH was found murdered in her gynaecological department chamber. Her throat had been slit with a surgical knife. She was on night duty and the gruesome incident took place early in the morning when apparently Sarita went to her chamber for rest.  Initial confession of ward boy, Mech, had revealed that he killed Sarita for  her regular ‘misbehaviour’ with him. The Dibrugarh police picked up  Mech, who had a ‘bad background’ and later arrested him.  Meanwhile, the junior doctors of AMCH started protesting demanding justice for Toshniwal and also adequate security for doctors on duty. For the last five days, the junior doctors continued their protest in the AMCH campus ignoring the plights of thousands of patients. 

Following the direction of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the state  health minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, visited the AMCH and heard the grievances of the agitating doctors. The state government has also suspended the AMCH principal, Dr AK Adhikari, who was not present at the time or murder. It is understood that Dr Adhikari has gone abroad without providing any valid information to the government.  The Dibrugarh district police chief, Rana Bhuyan, approached media this morning with the stunning revelation that Dr Dipmani Saikia was the real culprit who used ward boy Mech for the murder. Dr Saikia, who was detained by police for interrogation yesterday, otherwise remained active in the protest programmes with his other colleagues. 

Dr Saikia was also present at the time of murder of  Sarita and helped ward boy Mech in the killing. It is suspected that Dr Saikia was in love with Sarita, whose marriage had been fixed on 7 July next with her friend Dr Roshan  Agarwal, said a police source. 

Kiro Mech, who was allowed to interact with local reporters today, also admitted that he was lured by Dr Saikia with ‘good options’ for the killing.Initially he was adamant the version that he was alone while killing Sarita but later he changed his mind and disclose everything to the investigating officer.

Source: The Statesman, 15-05-2014

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