Nagarmal Modi Seva Sadan in Upper Bazar, Ranchi, where the murder took place. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Ranchi, Sept.14: A 35-year-old man hacked his wife to death inside a private hospital in Upper Bazar here around midnight Saturday, underlining the lack of security arrangements at city clinics.
Kotwali police have arrested the culprit, Mukesh Kumar Singh, the driver of doctor S.S. Narnoli of the same hospital, Nagarmal Modi Seva Sadan, and recovered a knife, which the police believe is the murder weapon.
Mukesh slit wife Renu’s (35) throat around 12.30am when she was sleeping beside his ailing mother Vimla Devi in the general ward on the first floor of the hospital.
Superintendent of police (city) Manoj Ratan said, “The murderer has been identified and arrested from his employer, Dr Narnoli’s residence this morning. Police have recovered the knife used in the crime, too. Interrogations are on.”
According to sources, Mukesh, a resident of Bara village, Chhatapur block, in Palamau, married Renu, who was from Aurangabad district of Bihar, around six months ago. But, he never accepted her as his wife.
Soon after the marriage, he moved to Ranchi for work, leaving Renu with other family members at Bara.
Yesterday afternoon, Renu took Vimla, who was suffering from abdominal pain, to Nagarmal Modi Save Sadan for treatment. She stayed back at the hospital to take care of her mother-in-law at night. Mukesh attacked her in her sleep.
As Renu was struggling to breathe, Vimla woke up and raised an alarm that alerted relatives of another patient at the same ward, Bibhutichand.
The doctor on duty was informed but he could not save the victim.
Office-in-charge of Kotwali police station Arwind Kumar Lal rushed to the spot. After questioning hospital employees, security guards and relatives of patients, he realised that the murderer was none other than Renu’s husband.
While police are still trying to find out the motive behind the murder, the incident has raised questions over security arrangements at the 256-bed hospital in the heart of the state capital.
The hospital’s chief administrator, Sudip Choudhary, refused to comment. Hospital president Ajay Maroo wasn’t in his office.
A private agency, Security and Intelligence Service, is taking care of security at the hospital. The company staffer in-charge of the hospital, Anil Singh, admitted loopholes.
“There are only seven guards in each shift. With this limited manpower, providing security to each bed in this five-storey facility is difficult. And when relatives turn murderers, the work becomes even tougher,” he said.