A woman nursing staff was found dead under suspicious circumstances in her hostel room at the military hospital in the Jalandhar cantonment on Wednesday.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (cantonment) Manpreet Singh said that Captain Melody L (28), working as nurse in military hospital and hailing from Mizoram, died under suspicious circumstances in her room in the hostel. Her body was first spotted by her roommate Pratibha Kumari from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, who too is a nurse in the military hospital.
In her statement to police, Pratibha said that she had gone to bed at about 10:30pm on Tuesday night while Melody was working on her laptop. When she woke up at about 6am on Wednesday morning, she found blood oozing from Melody's mouth, after which she reported the matter to police. Captain Melody was taken to the military hospital where she died. She was posted here about seven months ago.
ACP said that police had initiated inquest proceedings, and her father Baik Zulla, a doctor, had been intimated about the incident.
"As the case is looking suspicious, police will inquire into the matter. Her mobile phone and laptop have been seized. Police will examine the call details of her mobile phone and also check with whom she used to chat on her laptop," the police officer said. Police were also waiting for the post-mortem report to further proceed in the case.
Meanwhile, defence spokesperson Naresh Vig said that a departmental inquiry had been initiated and the case handed over to police for investigation.
In another incident, police have booked a woman and her parents on charge of abetting her mother-in-law Mamata's suicide. SHO division number 5 Rajinder Singh said that Mamata (52) had committed suicide on Tuesday by consuming poisonous substance.
Victim's son Sunil Kumar alleged in his complaint that his wife Monika and her parents had been threatening his mother to get registered a false case of harassment for dowry, following which she took the extreme step.
Police have found a suicide note in which victim had blamed her daughter in-law and her parents for forcing her to commit suicide. The SHO told that police would get examined the suicide note from forensic experts. Monika, her father Ramesh Kumar and mother Ramesh Kumari, residents of Kartar Nagar in Amritsar, have been booked by police. Police were searching for the accused.
In third incident, a woman allegedly committed suicide by setting herself afire at about 9am on Wednesday. Bhogpur SHO Parminder Singh said that Beant Devi (38) of Daulatpur village sustained 99% burn injuries. She succumbed to injuries at the civil hospital. "Her family, including her husband Ashok Kumar, has claimed that she was under stress for quite some time due to which she took the extreme step," the SHO said. After inquest proceedings, police handed over the body to the family.