Top government doctor murdered in Uttar Pradesh

August 9th, 2008 - 4:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 9 (IANS) The chief medical officer (CMO) of Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district was murdered early Saturday morning at his official residence, a police official said. “Prima facie, it appears that CMO Om Prakash was battered to death with a heavy object like a huge stone while he was asleep,” police officer R.K. Sharma told IANS on phone.

Although the exact cause behind the murder is yet to be ascertained, the police suspect the involvement of a sweeper in the murder.

Gopi, the sweeper, used to work at Prakash’s official residence in the Civil Lines locality in Etawah, about 250 km from here. However, he had not get his salary for the past four months, the police said.

Probably in a fit of rage, Gopi, who had already threatened Prakash with dire consequences for not giving him his salary, murdered the chief medical officer, the police official theorised.

“Gopi has gone missing after the murder,” said Sharma.

The doctor used to live at his official residence along with two of his servants, who were also attacked and were being treated at a hospital, the police official said.

“The servants, who are unconscious after the attack, can provide us vital clues to solve the murder,” said Sharma.

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