DIBRUGARH, May 9 � The cold-blooded murder of a doctor-student at the North East�s oldest medical college here today has shocked the city. The Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) came to a sudden standstill following the murder of Dr Sarita Tasniwal, a post graduate medical student, in the rest cabin of the Gynaecology Department this morning.
Angry students demanded security and abstained from classes and duties for the day.
Dr Tasniwal, a 26-year-old first-year PG student, was on her night duty. Her neck was found stabbed and slit with a surgical knife. She had reportedly made a phone call around 5:20 am from her mobile, implying that the murder took place thereafter.
The alleged killer, who has been identified as Kiru Mech, a ward boy of the department, has been arrested. Mech was initially picked up on suspicion but he later reportedly confessed to have committed the crime, Dibrugarh Sadar Police Station OC, Naba Kumar Borah told The Assam Tribune.
The medical students, junior doctors and staff of the medical institute today staged a massive demonstration near the administrative building of the medical college in the morning and refrained from duties as a mark of protest.
Although certain officials of the college claimed that essential services were on, a few patients and their attendants at the medical college said doctors did not attend to their duties.
The students and doctors had set a 24-hour deadline to identify the perpetrator. They demanded that the murderer be hanged to death. A platoon of police, led by the Superintendent of Police and the Additional Superintendent of Police are camping in the AMC campus to ensure normalcy.
Police suspect that the perpetrator might have misbehaved with Dr Tasniwal before killing her.
Dr Tasniwal was the daughter of Kisanlal Tasniwal of Housefed Colony, Sivasagar. It is gathered that she was about to tie the nuptial knot on July 7 this year with Dr Roshan Agarwal, another doctor pursuing MD in the same medical college. Roshan Agarwal is the son of Satyanarayan Agarwal of Nagaon district.
Meanwhile, the Assam State Branch of the Indian Medical Association has expressed deep anguish at the fatal assault on Dr Tasniwal.