A 25-year-old doctor working at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital was found dead in his Maruti Swift car in the hospital parking in central Delhi on Saturday morning.
Dr P Prakash, from Chennai, lived in a rented house in south Delhi’s Ansari Nagar. The first-year postgraduate student of radiology had joined the hospital from AIIMS two months ago. A team from the Mandir Marg police station is probing Prakash’s death. A needle mark on his right arm has led them to suspect suicide.
“The car's engine was running and the headlights were on when the incident was first reported at 8:10 am. No suicide note was recovered from the car,” said a police officer.
On being questioned, other doctors at the hospital told the police Prakash was battling depression, and medicating for it.
After initial probe, the police said Prakash overdosed on propofol, which is used to induce or maintain anaesthesia in certain surgeries. Four used syringes and a small bottle of propofol was recovered from the car.
At around 8 am, Prakash was seen sitting in the driver’s seat of his car by a security guard deployed at the hospital’s gate number six. The guard knocked on the door, but Prakash did not respond. The guard then tried to open the door, but it was centrally locked.