Absconding doctor nabbed for killing colleague

Had fled to Rishikesh, called victim’s parents and confessed to the crime

A 27-year-old doctor has been arrested from Uttarakhand’s Roorkee district for allegedly murdering his colleague in Delhi.

Chandra Prakash Verma was absconding after allegeldy killing 25-year-old Garima Mishra on April 30, the police said on Friday.

Chandra and Garima were staying in a two-room flat in Karol Bagh’s Ranjit Nagar. While Garima stayed in one room, the other was shared by the accused and his friend Rakesh.

“Garima and Chandra were junior resident doctors at a hospital in Karol Bagh. She had asked him to help her get accommodation near the hospital. He then offered her to share the two-room flat with him and said he will pay the maximum rent. But after some time when Chandra could not afford the rent, Rakesh shifted in the flat,” said an officer.

The police said Chandra mistook normal conversation with the victim as love and became possessive about her.

On April 28, another doctor, who was Garima’s friend, had come to pick her up for a movie. At 11 p.m. Chandra was calling her when she kept disconnecting his calls. At last, when she answered one of his video calls, he saw her watching a movie with the other doctor.

“This had enraged Chandra. At 1 a.m. when she returned, Chandra opened the door and tried to talk to her but she told him not to interfere in her personal matters,” added the officer.

Chandra allegedly told the police that Garima had said he was a villager who had studied in a government school and was not of her standard.

She wanted to leave the flat but was not getting another one at cheap rates, the police said.

On April 30, Garima was leaving for hometown when she told Chandra that she is also leaving the flat. “Chandra tried to convince her not to leave the flat when an argument broke out. During this, he hit her and she fell on the floor and fainted. He then got a knife from the kitchen and slit her throat multiple times,” said R.G. Naik, DCP (Crime).

After this, he left the building and went off to Rishikesh. He stayed at a lodge and called her parents and confessed to the crime.

Tried to kill self

“After reaching Rishikesh, Chandra was desperate to kill himself. He made many attempts but failed.

He thought he might injure himself and hence stopped,” said Mr. Naik.

He was a meritorious student and the only educated in his family, who live in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Baharaich.

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