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Trio detained for doc murder

Police on Tuesday claimed they were inching towards a breakthrough in the Dr Rajnish Ranjan murder case.

The police said they have detained three people and the trio are being interrogated.

“At the moment, the investigation is on. Many are being questioned and three persons have been detained. The doctor knew the trio. We have detained them on the basis of leads we have got during the investigations. We cannot reveal their identities but we are very close to cracking the case,” an officer with the Kadamkuan police station said.

The detention of the trio comes on the day when the medical fraternity’s 48-hour deadline given to the police to crack the case ended. The state chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore for Ranjan’s family.

On Monday, Patna city superintendent of police Jayant Kant had said the motive behind Ranjan’s murder was personal and not loot or extortion. This clearly hinted at a family feud.

Ranjan was murdered on Saturday late evening when he was walking towards his home at Ramkundan Apartment, on road number 13 at Rajendra Nagar under the jurisdiction of Kadamkuan police station.

“We have been saying that the doctor was murdered because of personal reasons. We are taking the case very seriously and are working on the leads,” another police officer said.

With the IMA’s deadline ending on Tuesday, it was a huge relief for patients since the agitating doctors assured they were not thinking of a strike at present.

Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, the president of the state chapter of the IMA, said more than 200 doctors and medical associations took part in a meeting organised on Tuesday regarding the murder case.

“We were told by the police that some people have been taken into custody and interrogations are on. The police have told us that the case will be cracked very soon,” Prasad said.

He added that in the meeting five resolutions were passed.

“There should be speedy investigation and speedy trial into the case. The wife of the deceased doctor is also a physician but she is unable to walk. The state government should provide her with a job in Patna and a compensation of Rs 1 crore should be paid to the family. The government must immediately take steps towards the security of the doctors,” he added.

“The Professional Protection Act, like that in Andhra Pradesh, should be passed here too. We have called another meeting on December 15. In addition, if the police are unable to find the culprits within five days, another agency, may be the CBI should be involved in the case,” Prasad said.