BHOPAL: Twenty six days after a PG (Anaesthesia) student of an Indore-based private medical college Dr Smriti Laharpure allegedly ended life at her hostel room, the Indore police registered a case of abetment to suicide against the college head and the head of anesthesia department on Saturday.
The head of Index Media College SS Bhadauria and the head of department KK Khan were booked by the Khudel police in Indore under Section 306 of IPC for driving Dr Smriti to commit suicide. The action was taken following detailed investigations in the case, particularly on the basis of series of allegations leveled against the college administration by the PG student in her lengthy suicide note.
Importantly, the head of the college SS Bhadauria is also among the accused in the multi-layered Vyapam scam's case pertaining to the MP Pre Medical Test (MPPMT) fraud and has already been charge-sheeted in the case by the CBI.
According to deputy inspector general of police (DIG-Indore) HN Chari Mishra, the duo has been booked for abetment to suicide under Section 306 of IPC by the Khudel police station.
"The suicide note which is a lengthy note is under the police scanner and this is the first action in the case, primarily based on contents of the recovered note. The contents are further being probed by police and if role of other members of the college management comes to the fore, similar action will be taken against them also," said Mishra.Dr Smriti, the 32-year-old daughter of a retired bank employee in Bhopal was found dead inside her hostel room on June 11 in Indore.
Subsequent investigations revealed that she took overdose of anesthesia to end life. A lengthy suicide note purportedly written by Dr Smriti mentioned that the duo of SS Bhadauria and KK Khan was responsible for her death.After completing her MBBS degree from a reputed medical college in Bhopal, the Bhopal-resident Dr Smriti cleared the NEET exam and opted for Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Anaesthisia from Index Medical College in Indore.
The suicide note mentioned that the college arbitrarly hiked the fees from Rs 8.55 lakh to Rs 9.90 lakh. A bunch of students approached the Madhya Pradesh High Court in Jabalpur against the arbitrary fees hike, but the college administration later started putting pressure on the concerned students to withdraw the case.
In the same note recovered from Dr Smriti's cell-phone, she mentioned that the college administration was arbitrarily deducting their stipend.Dr Smriti added in the note that since they filed the case, the college administration used to harass them, especially the head of department Dr KK Khan. The concerned students were kept out of the Operation Theatre (OT) and department, besides being publicly humiliated for 2-3 months, till they finally buckled under pressure to take the case back.