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Killed doc because he prescribed ‘expensive’ tests, says triple murder accused in Odisha capital

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 16:

In a revelation that has baffled the police, Sneha Swakhyar Samal, the arrested accused in the gruesome triple murder in the Odisha capital on Tuesday morning, has said he killed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Atulya Chandra Meher for nothing more important than prescribing ‘expensive’ tests for his daughter, who was suffering from pain in her leg.

CCTV cameras installed at Dr. Meher's house have captured the entire crime sequence
CCTV cameras installed at Dr. Meher’s house have captured the entire crime sequence

Samal, who himself was injured in the scuffle during the incident, made the revelation during his first interrogation by commissionerate police late on Wednesday night.

Samal told the police he had taken his four-year old daughter to Dr Meher for consultation on October 3. The doctor, he said, prescribed a series of tests which cost him nearly Rs 2, 000. But nothing came out of the tests leading him to believe that they were unnecessary and he had been fleeced by the doctor. This was the reason he had killed the doctor for, commissioner Dr RP Sharma quoted him as saying during the interrogation.

The police are, however, not convinced about the reason cited by Samal for the triple murder. “We are verifying the veracity of his statement. The investigation is on,” Sharma said.

Samal also revealed during the interrogation that he had done a recce of Dr. Meher’s residence the day before he carried out the attack.

Samal would be interrogated again today. DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said.