Andhra professor accused of abetting medico’s suicide held

Vijayawada, Nov 14 (IANS) A professor of Guntur Medical College accused of abetting the suicide of a post-graduate medical student was arrested in Bengaluru on Monday, police said in Guntur.

The professor, A.V.V. Lakshmi, is likely to be brought to Guntur later on Monday or Tuesday.

She was absconding following the suicide of B. Sandhya Rani in October.

Sandhya Rani (27), belonging to Nalgonda district of Telangana and a post-graduate student of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, committed suicide by injecting in herself an overdose of anaesthesia. She died on October 24 while undergoing treatment at Guntur Government Hospital.

During investigation, police found Sandhya’s diary in which she wrote that she is ending her life as she is unable to bear the harassment by Lakshmi.

Sandhya’s classmates at the medical college had staged a protest demanding the immediate arrest and suspension of the Professor.

An inquiry committee of the college had found Lakshmi guilty of harassing the student.

However, Andhra Pradesh Police faced allegations from the victim’s family that it is not doing enough to bring Lakshmi to book.

Denying the allegation, the police had formed special teams to track down the absconding Professor.

Lakshmi through her relatives had also moved a court in Guntur for anticipatory bail but the court refused her plea.

Following, Sandhya Rani’s death her husband Ravi had also attempted suicide in Miryalaguda town of Telangana. Ravi, also a physician, tried to hang himself at his residence but was saved by his brother.

The couple had married a year ago. Sandhya was allegedly denied leave and burdened with additional work by the Professor.

–IANS

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