Leading oncologist killed in Egmore home
One or more assailants killed a pioneering 67-year-old doctor by smashing her head in her house on Gand hi Irwin Road in posh Egmore on Sunday morning. When a family friend went in search of Dr Rohini Premkumari, a leading oncologist who lived with her mother for more than three decades, he found her body in the lawn of the five-decade-old bungalow, gagged and with the hands and legs tied.
Investigators said they had dispatched the body for autopsy but preliminary evidence indicated that blunt force trauma to the head, likely with a boulder, was the cause of death. Injuries the doctor sustained, the investigators said, suggest that she struggled with her assailants. Premkumari’s jewellery was intact, they said, indicating that it was unlikely to have been a murder for gain.
Sunday’s crime was the sec ond of its kind in the locality in two months. Unidentified assailants slit the throat of a 72year-old woman, Sharada, in her Egmore apartment on March 3, police said.
Premkumari, a native of Kottayam, was at the vanguard in the battle for tobacco control and was professor in the radiation oncology department at Adyar Cancer Institute for close to 13 years. She left the institute for V S Hospital in 2006.
An investigating officer said Premkumari’s mother Subhadra Nair, also a medical doctor, woke up on Sunday to find that her daughter had not brought down her breakfast as she did every day .
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