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Updated: October 25, 2012 01:43 IST

Vellore doctor done to death

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V. Arvinth Reddy
V. Arvinth Reddy

Secretary of the Tamil Nadu State Medical Wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, V. Arvinth Reddy, was murdered in front of his clinic on L.P.M. Street in Kosapet area here on Tuesday night.

According to the police, 38-year-old Dr. Reddy, a diabetologist, was coming out of the clinic when a motorcycle-borne three-member gang stabbed him with a knife at the back of his neck.

He died on the spot. The body was sent for post-mortem to the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital, Adukkamparai.

M.P. Ganesamoorthy, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Vellore Range, and I. Eswaran, Superintendent of Police, Vellore district, visited the spot and conducted enquiries.

Four special teams have been formed to nab the culprits. The motive behind the murder was not known. “We are looking at various angles”, said a police officer.

Dr. Reddy contested unsuccessfully as the BJP candidate from the Vellore Assembly Constituency in the 2011 elections.

He was also the Vellore district president of the Indian Medical Association. He is survived by doctor wife Sudha, a son and a daughter.

Pon. Radhakrishnan, State president of BJP, L. Ganesan, national executive committee member, Mohanrajulu, State organising general secretary, Vanathi Srinivasan, State secretary, and Gunasekharan, Vellore zonal organising secretary, visited the house of Dr. Reddy in Rangapuram here to pay homage.

Mr. Radhakrishnan told newspersons that the BJP proposed to organise a State-wide agitation in all district headquarters on October 26, condemning the murder and demanding the immediate arrest of the culprits.

He said he would be participating in the agitation in Vellore.

Flash strike

The State branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) observed a flash strike in all government and private hospitals in Vellore district on Wednesday to condemn the murder.

IMA State secretary J.A. Jayalal said over 600 doctors participated in the strike. The IMA representatives also met State Health Minister V.S. Vijay, who has been elected from the Vellore district, and petitioned for a speedy enquiry into the murder.

Dr. Jayalal said if the government did not show any progress in the investigation within a week, IMA would resort to relay fasting in front of the Secretariat.

Another doctors’ association - Doctors Association for Social Equality – also condemned the murder.

Shocked to hear the brutal murder of the doctor. Whatever be the motive
behind, the act needs to be condemned. That the murderers were able to
do in the open, makes one question the level of law enforcement in the
state and raises fear about the social security one has in the present
day. The young family has lost its head and the medical profession, a
budding doctor. Both will be an irrecoverable loss, for sure.

from:  Arunachalam.R.
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 15:27 IST

Evidently, this has all the colours of a political murder. I am deeply saddened when professional youth in politics meet this end. May his soul rest in peace and the Govt. bring the prepetrators to face the law swiftly. Jai Hind !!

from:  Girish
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 14:45 IST

Sad - my condolences to his family. India is becoming the murder capital of the world because the punishment lacks teeth. Such bike attacks are new - but they have a pattern. In Kerala, in the last one year one BJP worker and one ABVP student was killed in the same manner. In both cases Police arrested Popular Front members. PF is a platform of ex-SIMI members and promotes neo Islamic fascism.

On another subject - please reduce the 1900s style British English. Instead of "doctor done to death" use "doctor murdered". Like our blaring horns and potholed roads, what strikes a returning native is the English language in India's English newspapers. Example - over-usage of "kudos", "fracas", "culprits" etc.

from:  J Krishnan
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 08:17 IST
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