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NRI doctor killed by stalker in US

An Indian doctor at the School of Medicine at the Ivy League Yale University was murdered outside his residence in a quiet Connecticut town apparently by a former colleague from a New York hospital who stalked him over an earlier dispute. Anirudh Bhattacharyya reports.

world Updated: Apr 28, 2010 01:26 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya

An Indian doctor at the School of Medicine at the Ivy League Yale University was murdered outside his residence in a quiet Connecticut town apparently by a former colleague from a New York hospital who stalked him over an earlier dispute.

The victim, 34-year-old Vajinder Pal Toor, lived in Branford, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale's Medical School. The suspect, 44-year-old Chinese national Lishan Wang, has been arrested by the local police and charged with murder and attempt to murder.

Wang's last known address was in an Atlanta suburb, Marietta. He is originally from Beijing.

The incident occurred at about 8 am as Dr Toor was headed towards his car at the condo complex where he lived in the suburb of New Haven, where the university is located.

The gunman shot Dr Toor multiple times but failed in his attempt to shoot his wife, Parneeta, who is five-months pregnant. The Toors have a three-year-old child.

Wang was apprehended while driving away in his red minivan about a mile from Toor's residence. He was carrying two handguns at that time.

Dr Toor had graduated in 2001 from Guru Govind Singh Medical College in Punjab.

A person who picked up the phone at Toor's residence but did not identify herself said that his wife was "still in a state of shock but was trying to appear calm" so that the child was not upset.

The genesis of the alleged killer, Wang's anger appears to date back to 2008 when he worked under Dr Toor's supervision at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Centre in Brooklyn, New York. Wang was suspended by the hospital in May 2008 and fired in July that year.

Wang had filed a discrimination case against the hospital last year in which there were references to Dr Toor.