Indian News

Undertrial 'collapses' in hosp washroom, post-mortem says hanging cause of death

Source: , Posted On:   06 March 2021

Undertrial ‘collapses’ in hosp washroom, post-mortem says hanging cause of death | Meerut News - Times of India

Meerut: A 33-year-old undertrial accused of murder died under mysterious circumstances at Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College (LLRMC) where he was being treated. While policemen guarding him claimed that he had collapsed in the washroom and could not be revived, his post-mortem report stated hanging to be the cause of death.
The undertrial, Vikas, was an accused in a 10 year-old murder case. He had been diagnosed with ‘brain infarct’. He died on March 4.
KN Tiwari, superintendent in chief at LLRMC, said. “Policemen accompanying him got suspicious after he didn't come out of the washroom in 10-15 minutes. He had collapsed in the washroom. We tried to revive him but could not save him.”
Later, a post-mortem was conducted and the findings claimed hanging to be the cause of death.
According to police, Vikas was out on bail when a non-bailable warrant was issued against him and he was arrested by Meerut's Saroorpur police on February 22. He was shifted to the temporary jail in Meerut.
Two days later, Vikas was taken ill and admitted to LLRMC. He was discharged on March 1 but was again admitted to hospital the next day, after he complained of vomiting blood and had seizures.
A source in the hospital told TOI that there were ligature marks on his neck , probably made by a cord, rope or similar material that was used for strangulation. The source claimed there were several findings in the post-mortem which contradicted claims of natural death.
When contacted, Meerut jail superintendent BD Pandey said, “We have yet not received the ‘panchnama’ or post-mortem report though we have requested the chief judicial magistrate to initiate a probe in the case.”
"Before he was taken to the temporary jail, a medico-legal examination was conducted. Vikas had a brain ailment for which a CT scan was done at the district hospital. He was diagnosed with ‘brain infarct’. When he was brought at the temporary jail on February 24, the jail doctor after examination referred him to the medical college,” added Pandey.