A second-year post-graduate student of Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) was found dead inside his hostel room on Wednesday.
Twenty-seven-year-old Dr Navneet Prasad was working at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital while pursuing his post-graduation in Orthopedics from LHMC.
Prasad was to report to duty at 7 am on Wednesday, which he did not. After waiting for him for quite some time, his colleagues tried calling him up on his mobile without any response.
“When he didn’t respond to repeated calls, we got worried. Some of us then personally went to his room to check on him,” said Dr Harvinder Singh, Prasad’s junior.
The doctors knocked at the door several times but there was no response. “We peeped into his room through the side window and saw him lying on the bed,” he said. The doctors then called the police and informed the hospital administration. The police had to break open the door.
Prasad was last seen going to his room -- number 127 in the House Surgeon’s Block -- by one of his floor-mates at 1 a.m. on Wednesday.
According to sources, no injection, tablet or any such thing was found in his room that could hint at a suicide. His family was informed and the postmortem would take place on Thursday.
Dr Prasad is from Bihar and his family is also expected to reach Delhi on Thursday.
“We will be able to say something concrete only after the report comes in. I'm told there were no injury marks on the body. It could be a case of natural death due to some medical condition,” said Dr GK Sharma, medical superintendent and principal, LHMC.
Investigation is on, said a police officer. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain whether it was a suicide or not. The room was locked from inside. Also, there was no froth in his mouth,” said Anand Mohan, DCP New Delhi.