Durgapur, Sept. 1: A doctor was arrested in Burdwan today for allegedly murdering his friend and business partner inside a polyclinic they co-owned.
Gynaecologist Aditya Prasad Roy allegedly called Abh-aypada Das to the clinic for some business-related discussion last night.
His family received the doctor’s call around midnight saying that Das had committed suicide. “Around 12, we received a call from Aditya. He asked us to rush to the clinic in a hurry because my brother had hanged himself,” said Das’s brother Shyamapada.
Neighbours at Khoshbagan in Burdwan town, about 90 km from Calcutta, said the Roys and the Dases had known each other for a long time.
When Shyamapada and other members of his family came running to the clinic, about half-a-km from their house, there was a crowd baying for the doctor’s blood.
Shyamapada heard someone in the crowd say that the two had a quarrel, which ended in the “murder”.
The clinic was ransacked and the 55-year-old doctor was roughed up. As Roy slumped to the ground bleeding, the mob set ablaze a two-wheeler parked outside.
Police rescued Roy, his son Krishnagopal, 31, and Ramesh Ram, 35, the caretaker of the polyclinic. “We later arrested all three. We are probing the roles played by the other two,” deputy superintendent of police Jane Alam said. A murder case has been registered against the trio on the basis of Shyamapada’s complaint.
Soon after his arrest, Roy started vomiting and complained of chest pain. He was admitted to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital.
Krishnagopal and Ramesh, who were produced in the subdivisional magisrate’s court this afternoon, have been remanded in a fortnight’s judicial custody. Das, 45, who has a medical shop, was made a partner in the polyclinic two months ago, the police said.
Shyamapada told the police that while being assaulted, the doctor admitted calling Das over for a meeting. He also said his younger brother’s relationship with Roy was strained of late. “But I can’t tell the reason for the murder.”
There was no reason for his brother to commit suicide at the polyclinic, Shyamapada added. “Why should he go all the way to the clinic.”