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Tragic Electrocution: Chennai Doctor Dies Due to Faulty Laptop Charger

Tragic Electrocution Chennai Doctor Dies Due To Faulty Laptop Charger

CHENNAI: A 32-year-old woman doctor, Dr. U Saranidhi, undergoing training at the Institute of Mental Health in Chennai, is suspected to have died of electrocution in her hostel room in Ayanavaram on Sunday night. The tragic incident occurred due to a faulty cable while she was charging her laptop.

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The issue came to light after her husband’s calls went unanswered. Upon his request, hostel authorities checked her room and found her unconscious. She was immediately rushed to the Kilpauk Government Hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. An inquiry is underway.

According to Ayanavaram police, Dr. Saranidhi was a native of Namakkal district and had completed her MD in Psychiatry at Coimbatore Medical College. She lived in Coimbatore with her husband, Dr. Udhayakumar, and their five-year-old child. Udhayakumar works at Coimbatore ESI Hospital. Saranidhi had come to Chennai on May 1 for a 25-day training course at the Institute of Mental Health in Kilpauk.

A police source said, “On Sunday, Udhayakumar tried to contact Saranidhi but his calls were not answered. After trying for some time, Udhayakumar contacted the hostel staff. When a staff member went and checked on her, she was found lying unconscious on the floor. The staff immediately alerted the Ayanavaram police.”

Police found her lying next to the charging cable of her laptop, which was connected to an extension box along with her mobile phone and an air cooler. She was declared brought dead at the hospital, and her body was sent for postmortem. The police have registered a case under Section 174 (unnatural death) of IPC and an inquiry is ongoing.

“We checked Saranidhi’s laptop charging cable and it was found to be slightly damaged. We suspect that she may have got electrocuted while charging her laptop. There were also burn injuries on her palm which indicated possible electrocution,” a senior police officer said.

 

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