Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 15:
A day after the gruesome triple murder at Khandagiri Vihar in the Odisha capital, Twin City Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr RP Sharma today said while the motive behind the murder still remains to be ascertained, it was now clear that the arrested killer Sneha Swakhyar Samal (40), who was himself seriously injured in the scuffle, was mentally unstable.
“After talking to Sneha’s friends, neighbours and relatives, we came to know that he was in the habit of carrying a knife with him whenever he went out of his residence in Sailashree Vihar,” Dr Sharma said.
The commissioner said the police found a prescription from the pocket of the accused listing some medicines meant for patients with abnormal behaviour, besides a strip of a medicine named ‘Clonazepam’. “It is possible that he committed the crime in a state of mental abnormality,” he said.
“As the accused is undergoing treatment, we are unable to interrogate him now. But we will quiz him soon after he regains conscious to find out the motive of the murder,” Dr Sharma said.
The investigating police team also recovered a piece of paper with details of Dr Atulya Chandra Meher, the doctor he killed, and his family. “It seems the accused had kept detailed information on the doctor and gave final touches to his plan on Tuesday morning. It was a totally pre-planned done,” the CP said.
Meanwhile, a member of the family of Samal revealed to the police today that Sneha had met deceased orthopedic surgeon Dr Meher twice this month.
The brother of the accused Satyasundar Samal said Sneha had taken an appointment from Dr Meher on October 3 for a health check up of his daughter, who is suffering from an orthopaedic problem.
“After detailed report of the check up came on October 9. Sneha met the doctor again the very next day. But we don’t know what happened on October 10 and what prompted him to do such an act,” he said.
The health condition of Runu Behera, the wife of Prasanta Behera, the caretaker of Dr Meher who, along with his 15-year old son, was also killed in the attack, is now stable, sources in the a city hospital where she has been admitted said.
Meanwhile, the investigating team has started scanning the old footage from the CCTV cameras installed at the Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) hospital, where Dr Meher was employed, for some lead in ascertaining the real motive behind the murder.
The daughter of the deceased doctor reached here from Pune this evening to attend the funeral of her father.