The city police have booked two doctors of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in the suicide case of Dr Supriya, an MD (doctor of medicine) student at the college. She had committed suicide by hanging herself on September 29.
The doctors, booked under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), are Dr Puneet Aulakh Pooni and Dr Deepak Bhatt. Dr Supriya’s father Dr Balwinder Singh had alleged that harassment by Dr Bhatt and Dr Pooni was responsible for his daughter’s death.
While the Ludhiana police have already formed a special investigation team (SIT) in the case, the Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission has taken note. Rajesh Bagha, chairman of the commission, met commissioner of police Pramod Ban on Thursday. Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting, Bagha said, “If the police find that any doctor(s) harassed Dr Supriya, leading to her suicide, we would take strict action against them.”
Ban said no names were mentioned in Dr Supriya’s suicide note.
Meanwhile, the DMCH management has ruled out the role of any of its doctors in the case.
A DMCH team led by the secretary, Prem Gupta, along with other doctors and heads of departments, visited the DC’s office here. Gupta told the media that the police had earlier initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC, but later registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against unknown persons at the behest of Dr Balwinder. “The statements of the two doctors have been taken by the police,” Gupta added.
A resolution passed by the DMCH said, “It has been observed through the media that Dr Balwinder Singh has raised false and malicious allegations just to pressurise the police authorities to implicate two of our senior doctors.”