The Kerala High Court, on Tuesday, declined a petition requesting a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the tragic incident involving the murder of Dr. Vandana Das. The young doctor was fatally assaulted by a patient at a taluk hospital in Kollam district in May of the previous year. Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas presided over the case and decided against the plea put forward by Dr. Das’s father, who accused the police of hastily concocting the First Information Statement to absolve themselves of any responsibility.
The anticipation grows for the comprehensive judgement from the court that will elucidate the grounds for dismissing the petition. The plea, initiated by K G Mohandas, Dr. Das’s father, suggested that the Kottarakkara police hastily crafted the First Information Statement. This statement, supposedly from a friend of the deceased, was allegedly fabricated as he was en route to the hospital to seek treatment for Dr. Das.
Furthermore, the petition criticized the police’s investigative approach, describing it as indifferent and negligent, purportedly to conceal their own security failings. Dr. Vandana Das met her untimely demise at the hands of G Sandeep, a school teacher, in a horrific episode at the taluk hospital. Hailing from the Kaduthuruthy area of Kottayam district, Dr. Das was an only child and was serving as a house surgeon at Azeezia Medical College Hospital, working in the Kottarakkara taluk hospital as part of her training.
The assailant, Sandeep, who was under police custody for a leg injury, seized a pair of surgical scissors and launched a frenzied attack. Initially targeting the police officers and another civilian present, he subsequently attacked Dr. Das, who was unable to flee. Despite being rushed to a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, Dr. Das succumbed to her injuries.