Under-trial shot in Indore’s MY Hospital on mistaken identity
BHOPAL: A killer dressed as doctor shot an under-trial
in his bed in a government hospital in Indore on Monday, but police say he
might have murdered the wrong man.
The man who was killed, Ramdayal, was asleep in a bed
— No. 17 — which had been occupied until a few hours earlier by another man,
Jitendra Patidar. Both men were around 30 years old, and accused of murder.
Both had been moved to the hospital from the Central Jail on July 16.
Wearing an apron, the killer walked unchecked into the
third-floor surgical ward of MY Hospital, the biggest government hospital in
Madhya Pradesh, around 4.30 am, and pulled the trigger on Ramdayal. Ramdayal
had been charged with murder in 2012.
Jitendra alias JD had allegedly killed one Pintu
Thakor, the owner of a restaurant in Indore’s Banganga locality, in 2013. “Jitendra
told us that he was the target because he had received threats in connection
with the murder,” ACP, Sayongitaganj, SM Zaidi said.
Jitendra had been moved to another bed — No. 12 —
after he complained of a foul smell coming from a bed close to the one that he
had originally been assigned to. Jitendra, Ramdayal and one more prisoner were
among the 20 patients in the ward when the killer walked in.
After the killing, Jitendra was moved back to the
jail. A couple of jail guards were on duty in the ward, but were unable to
apprehend the killer. DIG (Indore) Rakesh Gupta said the murder could have been
the result of a mistaken identity, but police were investigating all angles.