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Doctor lynched by prisoners

india Updated: May 31, 2011 01:58 IST
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Chief minister Nitish Kumar has ordered a probe into the death of Bhudeo Singh, a jail doctor who was beaten to death in a jail in Gopalganj, allegedly by criminal Ranjan Yadav and six others on Sunday.

Singh, the youngest brother of former parliamentarian Satyadeo Singh, had refused to issue a fake medical certificate to Yadav to help stop his transfer to Motihari jail, following which he was attacked.

The incident took place in the Chanave Jail — around 275 km from Patna — around 1 pm. Singh died in the evening as he was being taken to the Patna Medical College and Hospital.

"It is a shocking incident, we won't tolerate it," the chief minister said on Monday. He directed home secretary Amir Subhani to probe the incident. Subhani, who is to submit a detailed report on the circumstances leading to the murder, reached Gopalganj around noon. He spent two hours in the jail, meeting officials and questioning the prisoners.

An FIR had been lodged at the Thawe police station on the basis of a statement by jailor SB Singh against the seven accused — Ranjan Yadav, Anil Yadav, Munna Yadav, Sanjay Kumar, Gorakh Yadav, Ajay Kumar and Harihar Choudhary — under Section 303 of IPC. The police would seek remand for further interrogation of the accused, said Superintendent of Police KS Anupam.

Subhani said he had asked the SP to ensure speedy trial. The murder, he said, was an example of ‘breach of trust’, as the doctor had been called in to examine a patient. “The chargesheet will be submitted within a week,” he said.

Officials said Subhani also talked to Ranjan and his associates, who admitted that Singh was beaten up after he refused to issue a fake medical certificate to Yadav.

Ranjan faces over a dozen cases, including four that involves abduction. In 2010, he was convicted for the abduction of a schoolboy, Prince.

“The conviction took place on the basis of documentary evidence as all witnesses had turned hostile,” said Anupam.

Doctors in Gopalganj, meanwhile, went on a strike in protest on Monday. Dr Baidyanath Singh, secretary of the Indian Medical Association, Gopalganj, has demanded a CBI probe.