Inside Story
Dera Bassi (Dec 22, 2011): Chandigarh-based cardiologist Deepak Kaura, who had gone missing since 9 pm on Tuesday, was found dead in his car near Dera Bassi on Hebatpur Link Road on Wednesday afternoon. The doctor’s cell phone, car keys, a diamond ring and a gold chain were found missing from the spot. Police have filed a case of murder against two unknown persons, including one woman, on a complaint filed by the father of the deceased, Harimohan Kaura. The body was shifted to Dera Bassi civil hospital, where post-mortem will take place on Thursday.

Dr Kaura’s SUV Tata Aria car was reportedly parked in front of an under-construction Green City colony, about 1 km from NH-22, since last late night. Suspicious that the car should be parked at that spot for so long, a property dealer in the area, Pintoo, got in touch with police around 1.30 pm, saying that he found a man sleeping inside the car with a blanket over his body. Pintoo said that he knocked on the car but got no response. Dera Bassi SHO Gurdial Singh reached the spot, to find that the car was not locked. Both rear seats were folded into a bed, and the body was found lying face-down on the seats. Police recovered an almost-empty bottle of 100 Piper Whisky too. Police identified Dr Deepak Kaura with the help of car documents. They also found a phone number, which was of his residence. Deepak Kaura, 49, was a resident of Sector 19, Chandigarh. He had been running a multispecialty hospital named Oxford near his house. His father Harimohan and hospital staff had no clue of his whereabouts since 9 pm on Tuesday, when he left the hospital. The body was found with blue lashes on it, and signs of bleeding from the nose.

The dead doctor’s father said he was worried after he found that he could not reach his son over the cell phone. A diamond ring, a gold chain, cell phone and a small bag containing a cheque book and other articles were found missing; however, Rs 24,700 was recovered from the doctor’s pocket in cash. The dead doctor’s father feared that his son had been kidnapped and killed. Dera Bassi DSP Anil Kumar, CIA Kharar in-charge Gurcharan Singh and Bhupinder Singh, SP (D), Mohali also reached at the spot. Investigations at the spot continued for four hours. Even though there was suspicion that the case could have been one of suicide, the police have begun investigations and have filed a case of murder against two unknown persons. SP Bhupinder said the cause of death would be established by the post-mortem.

A suspicious background

Dr Kaura remains controversial, in life and in death. In January 2005, his wife, also a doctor, Dr Babita Kaura, alias Dolly, an assistant professor at PGI’s immunopathology department, committed suicide by jumping from her third-floor residence in Sector 24 on January 18 night in 2005. Dr Kaura was convicted to 4-year-imprisonment for creating circumstances that led his wife to commit suicide by a local court on July 12, 2010. However, later he was granted bail by Punjab and Haryana High Court Nov 29, 2010. He was out on bail, later. Dr Kaura is survived by two children Karan, an MBBS student, Elly, a class 10 student and his father Dr HM Kaura. They are living in Sector 19 house. Sources said Dr Kaura had been engaged to a woman working in Canada. After the engagement, his fiancée left for Canada on December 18.

Hospital silent after the news of its doc death

Work at Oxford Hospital, Sector 19, came to a standstill after the death of Dr Deepak Kaura.

There was silence in the hospital as the staff and patients were visibly upset. The nurse sitting at the reception could not help crying while continuing with her work there.

Several patients who had to undergo operation were reportedly asked to wait for some time. “He was a very good doctor. He used to treat our patients with utmost care with full dedication,” said a ward of a heart patient.

“He was looking after my wife who is a heart patient. We appreciate the way he helped us during treatment. We will miss such a nice doctor,” Sandeep Kumar told reporters outside the hospital.

Staff members said before leaving his house at about 9 pm on Tuesday, he told them he was going to buy mutton from Sector 22 and asked them to prepare onions for that.

However, he did not come back as family got the shocking news of his death in the afternoon.