A 27-year-old ayurvedic doctor living in Phase 1 here, died under mysterious circumstances on Monday.
The deceased, Yasumati Sharma, a native of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, had been working with Indus Hospital in Phase 3B2 for the past two years. She held a bachelors in ayurvedic medicine and surgery (BAMS).
Rupinder Kaur, official spokesperson of the hospital, said it was Pratiba, a dietician at the hospital and Yasumati’s friend, who found the latter lying on the floor and foaming at the mouth, following which she informed the hospital’s chief medical officer.
She added that the hospital staff rushed Yasumati to their hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. “We informed the police and the body was sent to the civil hospital in Phase 6 for autopsy,” she said.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Alam Vijay Singh said Pratiba repeatedly telehoned Yasumati around 8am and when she did not answer her calls, she visited her room and found her lying on the floor.
The DSP said two syringes, along with injections, were found at the spot. These had been sent to the forensic science laboratory (FSL).
He said they could confirm if it was a murder or suicide only after the post-mortem examination report arrived, adding that the police were looking into various angles and were yet to rule out murder. Meanwhile, they had initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
A visibly upset family of the victim said she was very hard working and determined, and they could not believe the suicide theory being floated by police and the hospital staff.
Besides the autopsy report, the police are relying on the doctor’s call details to crack the case, as no suicide note has been recovered. The police are procuring her call details to determine who she last contacted.