Sandeep sought police help, he wasn't under custody when brought to hospital: ADGP on Vandana murder

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Kollam: Sandeep who stabbed the lady doctor in Kottarakkara was not under police custody when he was taken to hospital, said ADGP MR Ajith Kumar.

Addressing the media, Ajith Kumar said that Sandeep, who murdered Dr Vandana Das, was found with injuries at a house near his residence.

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"We received a call on the emergency number (112) at 1 am. The caller was Sandeep, who alleged that he was getting attacked. Immediately, we notified the nearest police station about the call. However, Sandeep's phone was switched off when the night patrolling team tried to contact him. Later, we received another call from him. However, he was not present in the house when we reached there by tracing the number. Officials found him standing in front of a house half a kilometre away with a stick in his hand. The locals were also present. He was taken to the hospital," he said.

"Upon arriving at the hospital, a doctor in casualty first examined him and directed us to take an X-Ray and dress his injuries. Based on this, he was shifted to the dressing room. However, Sandeep turned violent when doctors tried to dress the wounds. He was lying on the bed and attacked his relative. Later, he jumped off the bed and got hold of the surgical scissor. He first stabbed a home guard before attacking a police officer and a local. Meantime, doctors and others managed to escape into another room and shut the door. Unfortunately, lady doctor Vandana was unable to leave the room. The accused attacked and stabbed her," ADGP said.

Ajith Kumar added that Sandeep is a drug addict and is now admitted to Medical College following the incident. The injured cops are from the aid post at the Taluk hospital.

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