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Delhi doctor found murdered at home, her neighbour a suspect

Dr Garima Mishra, who lived in Ranjit Nagar, was preparing for her MD exams.

delhi Updated: May 02, 2019 01:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Delhi doctor,Garima Misra,Karol Bagh
The victim, Garima Misra(HT Photo)

A 25-year-old doctor was found with multiple stab wounds and her throat slit at a rented apartment in central Delhi. Her flatmate, also a doctor, is the prime suspect for the murder, police said on Wednesday.

The woman and the 29-year-old man lived in separate rooms in a third-floor flat in Ranjit Nagar. He has been missing since the incident, police said. A third flatmate, who was not in the apartment at the time of the murder, is being questioned. All three worked as interns at a government hospital in Karol Bagh.

Police suspect that the victim, Garima Mishra from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, may have had an altercation with Chandra Prakash Verma after which he killed her using either a kitchen knife or a surgical blade. A case of murder (Indian Penal Code 302) has been registered at the Ranjit Nagar police station.

“The exact sequence of the events leading to the doctor’s murder and the motive behind the crime can be ascertained only when we nab the suspect. As of now, Verma is our prime suspect because he is missing since Tuesday night,” deputy commissioner of police (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.

The footage of a CCTV camera installed in the lane outside the building shows Verma leaving the area at 8.45 pm, around the same time Mishra is estimated to have been killed, the police added. All the three doctors were preparing for their Doctor of Medicine (MD) exams and were taking classes at a coaching institute in Delhi’s Rajendra Nagar. Gautam Khurana, who owns the building where the three lived, said Mishra’s cousin, Shivendra Pandey, saw the body at 10.30pm on Tuesday after he came to check on her because she was not answering phone calls from family members for the last two hours. Mishra was supposed to leave for Gorakhpur on Tuesday night, and had a bus ticket for 10pm, Pandey told the police.

“Mishra’s room was locked from outside. Her cousin wanted to break it because he panicked after he found the ceiling fan on. I arranged a stool — he climbed on it to peep inside through the ventilator. He saw her bleeding on the floor and her luggage kept nearby,” Khurana said.

After Pandey called the police control room, a team from the Ranjit Nagar police station broke open the door and rushed Mishra to hospital, where she was declared brought dead.

Mishra’s second flatmate, Rakesh Yadav, said he had found Mishra’s room locked when he returned after visiting a nearby temple around 9pm but did not think anything was amiss. He told the police that he was in his room when Khurana and Pandey arrived.

“Yadav told us that he last met Verma in the lane while he was returning home from the temple. He was carrying a backpack and looked in a hurry. When Yadav asked where he was going, Verma told him that he was going to his friend’s home to return books,” said a police officer associated with the case who asked not to be named.

Khurana said that Mishra and Verma had rented the two-bedroom flat in January. Verma started living from the first week of that month, while Mishra moved in a fortnight later in the other room. Yadav started living in Verma’s room from February.

First Published: May 01, 2019 12:25 IST