Lady doctor suicide: body handed over to husband

Bhubaneswar,September 9: Amid a verbal tug-of-war, Commissionerate Police handed over the body of Dr Swetapadma Mishra, who reportedly committed suicide by jumping from the terrace of the multi-storey apartment where she lived in Sahid Nagar in the city two days ago to Dr Arijit Mohapatra, the husband of deceased.

The matter was resolved and the body was handed over to Dr Arijit Mohapatra, a renowned paediatrician who was working in the same hospital where his wife worked, to perform the last rites as husband of the deceased after the two disgruntled families arrived at a compromise formula suggested by the cops.Meanwhile the last rites of the lady took place in Puri in presence of both the families.

"The couple was married for 17 years and the husband has the legal right to perform the last rites of his deceased wife. So, we handed over the body to her husband," Sahid Nagar police station IIC Deepak Mishra said.

A tug-of-war had ensued between the parents of the deceased lady doctor and her in-laws on the issue of the cremation right over the body forcing the Commissionerate Police to keep the body in the mortuary at the Capital Hospital here yesterday till the cops came up with a compromise formula.

The parents of the deceased had alleged that their daughter had been murdered and levelled allegations of dowry torture. They also registered a case at the Sahid Nagar accusing the in-laws of Dr Swetapadma of torturing her mentally and physically for dowry.

The commissionerate police began inquiry into the suspected suicide by the lady doctor and questioned the members from both the sides.

"Prima facie, it appears to be a case of suicide. We are investigating into the matter and questioning the members from both the sides," Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said today.

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