Covid-19 patient killed in hospital; phone, cash stolen

Chennai - She was taken away in a wheelchair and strangled.

File photo used for illustrative purposes only
File photo used for illustrative purposes only


Published: Wed 16 Jun 2021, 1:50 PM

Last updated: Wed 16 Jun 2021, 1:51 PM

A contract worker of Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital was arrested for allegedly killing a Covid-19 patient for her cellphone and cash, informed the police on Wednesday.

According to the police, Sunitha, 41, was admitted to the hospital on May 23 after she tested positive for Covid-19. On May 24, her husband Mouli visited the hospital and found his wife missing from the Covid ward. He then filed a police complaint. Sunitha's decomposed body was found on June 8.

The reason for her death was unknown and on the complaint of Sunitha's husband, the Chennai police started an investigation, said the police.

The police stated that it solved the case after hospital staff members and patients told them that they had last seen Sunitha with Rathi Devi, who had taken her in a wheelchair.

While enquiring, Rathi Devi, a contract worker working in the hospital, confessed that she murdered Sunitha for her mobile phone and money, the police claimed.

Confessing to the crime, Rathi Devi told police that she took Sunitha in a wheelchair to the eighth floor, strangled her and dumped her body in a room near the staircase, the police said.

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