RK Brahma, Indian Psychiatrist, arrested for death of patient

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The Times of India
Psychiatrist arrested for death of patient
By Tamaghna Banerjee
July 18, 2017

KOLKATA: A 67-year-old psychiatrist in Salt Lake was arrested and sent to jail for 14 days on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder of a middle aged automobile engineer who was undergoing treatment at his nursing home for a month and was found dead with multiple injuries on his body on May this year.

The doctor, RK Brahma, the director of the nursing home, had issued his death certificate claiming the engineer had died of “acute myocardial infection” on May 20. However, his relatives doubted the doctor’s claims and lodged a complaint at Bidhannagar south police station. The body was sent for post-mortem examination and after the reports reached the cops that stated the patient died of “haematoma” and “blunt injuries” on his head, a team of officers arrested Brahma from his CK block home on Tuesday morning.

“At first the doctor claimed that the patient received the injuries after falling down from the bed, but when we asked him why he had written death due to cardiac arrest in the death certificate, he went mum,” said an officer of Bidhannagar south police station.

The officer added that a preliminary investigation has revealed that mental patients are ill-treated and tortured at Uma Nalini Mary Clinic and Research Institute at KB block in Salt Lake. “It looks like the doctors had hit the patient’s head against the wall that led to internal and external bleeding which killed him,” said the officer.