Employees of Coimbatore’s private medical college beat man to death; vice president among eight arrested for murder

COIMBATORE: Employees of a private hospital in Coimbatore on Monday thrashed a man, who allegedly stole metal pipes from the hospital, resulting in his death. Following this, eight people, including the vice president of the leading hospital, were arrested on various charges, including murder.

According to police, the deceased, P Raja of Gandhi Maa Nagar, visited Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH) and posed as a plumber and stole pipes. After repeated incidents, staff checked CCTV footage of the property and are said to have identified him as the perpetrator.

When Raja came to the hospital again on Monday, the staff caught him red-handed and gave him a beating. As he became unconscious, he was taken to hospital for treatment. However, he died without responding to treatment overnight.

After receiving an alert, Peelamedu police registered a case of suspicious death. In a complaint, R Narayanan, vice president of KMCH Hospital, alleged that Raja, who was caught by the security staff for stealing, suddenly complained of chest pain and was treated at the hospital’s emergency room.

However, Raja’s wife Suganya filed a complaint alleging that her husband was beaten to death by the hospital staff. She claimed that her husband had gone to the hospital for treatment.

On Wednesday, the family members of the deceased staged a protest and refused to receive the body from the Government Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) after a post-mortem examination.

After an investigation, Peelamedu police arrested Narayanan along with seven other personnel identified as Ramesh, Saravanakumar, Sasi, Suresh, Saravan Kumar, Manikandan and Sathish Kumar.

They were booked under IPC sections including 302 (murder), 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 201 (disappearance of evidence or causing insult or giving false information) and 147 (rioting).

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