Doctor’s body found on railway tracks in Bhubaneswar; family alleges murder

Bhubaneswar: The body of a retired doctor was recovered from railway tracks at the Bhubaneswar Railway Station late last night under mysterious circumstances.

The deceased, identified as Rabindra Nath Rath was a paediatrician by profession. His body, with injury marks, was found lying on the rail tracks after a train left the Platform-1 of the station at around 10.05 PM yesterday.

As per the CCTV footage, the doctor was seen entering the platform no -1 of the station at 9.47 PM and walking up to one end of the platform-1 while speaking on his mobile phone. Later at around 10.05 PM his body was found on the railway tracks.

Meanwhile, family members of Rath have alleged that Rath has been murdered in a pre-planned manner.

The family members of the deceased stated that Rath left his clinic located at Samantarapur at around 9.10 PM yesterday in a hurry after getting a phone call. Moreover, the family members claimed that the call details on his mobile phone have been deleted. As he did not know how to drive, he must have come to the station along with someone, one of the family members said.

“We are unable to ascertain anything concrete regarding the doctor’s death. Yesterday’s incident was a deviation from his routine work. Usually he works at his clinic till 10pm and then leaves for home which is located hardly a few metres away. But yesterday he did not reach home by 10 pm. When his son enquired with the clinic staff, they said the doctor had left the clinic a few minutes back. Later Rath’s son got a call informing him that his father was being taken to a hospital from the railway station,” said BM Mishra, a relative of Rath.

“The whole incident is a mystery as we don’t know why the doctor came to the railway station. We suspect that it is a pre-planned murder and demand a thorough investigation,” Mishra added.

Meanwhile, police sources stated that investigation is at a preliminary stage and the matter will be clear after checking the call details record (CDR) of Rath’s mobile phone.

“Inquiry is at a preliminary stage. How he reached the station and who called him up will be known after examining the CDR,” said Bharat Sahoo, Inspector of Bhubaneswar GRP.

Rath had been working as an ad-hoc paediatrician for past three years at the BMC hospital after retiring as Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Bargarh district.