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Vyapam scam: MP govt left with egg on face after u-turn on Namrata Damor case reopening

Nineteen-year old Namrata had undergone an autopsy after which the surgeons declared that it was a case of homicide.

The Madhya Pradesh government, yet again, found itself in a tight spot after investigations into the death of MBBS student Namrata Damor, whose body was found near the railway track in 2012 after her name figured in the Vyapam scam, were ‘called off’ by Ujjain police barely a day after announcing that the case would be reopened. Earlier, immediately after her death, police had registered a “murder” case in this regard and later termed the incident as a “suicide” and closed the case. Nineteen-year old Namrata had undergone an autopsy after which the surgeons declared that it was a case of homicide. A re-examination by the Medico-Legal Institution in Bhopal, after MP police sought their opinion, however, suggested that she might have taken her own life. Police on Wednesday cited the same strong-worded opinion given by the Medico-Legal Institution after it had examined the case of Namrata and had raised serious questions on the competency of the autopsy surgeons by accusing them of being opinionated.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Filing the closure report on Namrata’s case, police had preferred the same opinion while carrying out the investigation instead of the original post-mortem report which had suggested that Namrata might have been murdered. Police had registered a “murder” case in this regard and later termed it a suicide case, contradicting the autopsy report that said Namrata died because of “violent asphyxia as a result of smothering”. “The panel of doctors that conducted the post-mortem has never mentioned in their postmortem reports that it was a case of suicide. We also found nail injuries at three places on her face,” said Dr BB Purohit, who had conducted the autopsy on Namrata along with Dr OP Gupta (medical officer) and Dr Anita Joshi (gynaecologist). Medico-Legal Institute director Dr DS Badkur had inspected the spot on February 7 the same year and submitted his report in March rejecting the opinion of autopsy surgeon that Namrata death was homicidal. Speaking to dna, Dr Badkur said given the sensitivity of the case he would not like to comment about it now especially after there are chances that the case might be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The opinion by his institute had aggressively discredited not only the autopsy surgeons but also very firmly suggested that Namrata might have taken her life after facing ‘disappointment in love and intimate relationship’. “There is always some reason to commit suicide… in this case disappointment in love and intimate relationship and annoyance of parents, as evident from the statement of a friend of the deceased and presence of human spermatozoa,” reads the report. The report further says that since the deceased was unmarried and vaginal smear was found with human spermatozoa, “all possible attempts should be made to identify the person who had sexual intercourse with her.” Police had not found any involvement of five ‘suspected’ accused in the case, one of whom is under arrest for his involvement in the Vyapam scam. Manohar Varma, superintendent of police (Ujjain), who had ordered the reopening of Namrata’s case, remained unavailable for comment throughout the day despite several attempts by dna to reach him. Instead, a text message was delivered on the mobile phone of this corresponent which read, “Sorry, I can’t talk right now.”

Video: 17-year old dies during a WWE-style street fight in Hyderabad

The body of a teenager, who was killed during a WWE-style street fight here a few days ago, was exhumed on Monday and an autopsy was conducted.

Amid tight security, police with the help of revenue authorities exhumed the body of 17-year-old Mohammed Nabeel from his grave in Barkas graveyard in the old city of Hyderabad.

A team of doctors and forensic experts conducted autopsy on the body in the graveyard.

Police were not awaiting for the autopsy report for further action in this sensational case.

Police on Sunday arrested seven youngsters in connection with the incident that occurred on May 3 in Panjeshah locality in the old city.

Though Nabeel died in the fight organised by a group of youngsters, they hid the actual cause and convinced his family that he suffered a bout of epileptic seizures and fell from his motorbike.

Nabeel, a student of Class 12, was laid to rest the same day. His father Mohammed Dastargir, who returned from Dubai where he works as a driver, grew suspicious when Nabeel’s friends gave contradictory statements about the cause of death.

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He approached police, seeking a probe into his son’s death. The actual cause of Nabeel’s death came to light on Sunday when a video of the deadly fight taken by a teenager was shared on Whatsapp and went viral on social media.

Police swung into action and arrested seven youngsters. Some minors were also detained.

In the video, Nabeel was seen repeatedly punched on his temple and chest by a youth identified as Owais Patel (19). Those arrested include Omer Baig (20), who had organised the fight, and Waseem Dollar (20), who was acting as referee.

Police said Nabeel was reluctant to fight but the other boys provoked him by making abusive remarks. Owais, who had earlier defeated two boys, hit 20 punches on Nabeel, who collapsed.

The boys shifted him to a private hospital in the area, where he was declared brought dead. They cooked up the story that he suffered seizures and fell from bike.

A case of death under suspicious circumstances was registered at Mir Chowk police station on Sunday. Police said it would be altered to murder case based on the autopsy report.

Deputy Commissioner of Police V. Satyanarayana said the accused would also be booked under Section 201 of the Indian Penal Code for causing disappearance of the evidence and giving false information.


Sunanda Pushkar died of poisoning: AIIMS report

The final medical report by AIIMS in the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar says that she died of poisoning, administered either through oral route or injection and the injuries on her barring one were a result of a “scuffle”, according to the police FIR lodged in this case.The report rules out “natural cause” while noting out that all the 15 injuries found on her, except ‘injury number 10’ (an injection mark), were caused by blunt force and non-contributing to death.All the injuries mentioned are caused by “blunt force, simple in nature, non-contributing to death and are produced in scuffle, except injury number 10 which is an injection mark,” it said.Injury number 12 is a teeth bite mark. The injuries number 1 to 15 is of various duration ranging from 12 hours to 4 days,” says the FIR registered as a murder case at Sarojini Nagar Police Station.The autopsy board, in its final report submitted to police on December 29, has concluded that “it is not a natural death and the poisoning is through oral route. However, injectable route too also can’t be ruled out.” The FIR also states how the post mortem report had indicated toward “alprazolam poisoning” while the forensic report by CFSL and FSL Rohini completely contradicted it by ruling it out.”The post mortem of the deceased was conducted at AIIMS, New Delhi on 18 January by an Autopsy Board of three forensic doctors at AIIMS.”The Autopsy Board opined that the cause of death to the best of its knowledge and belief in this case is poisoning.The circumstantial evidences are suggestive of alprazolam poisoning,” the FIR said.Sundna, 51, was found dead in a five-star hotel on January 17 last year.According to the FIR, on January 17 last year at about 9 PM a telephonic call was received by Inspector Atul Sood, the then SHO of Sarojini Nagar from Abhinav Kumar, PS to Tharoor, the then Minister of State of HRD that Sunanda had done something in Room No.345, Hotel Leela Palace, New Delhi.Acting on this information, Sood along with staff went to the spot where Sunanda was found dead inside the bedroom of the suite.Preliminary enquiries at the spot showed that she had checked into this Hotel on January 15 at 1748 hours, the FIR said.As it emerged that Sunanda had died within seven years of her marriage, Alok Sharma, SDM Vasant Vihar, was informed who inspected the place of occurrence and conducted Inquest Proceedings under section 176 CrPC.Sharma examined the witnesses and the relatives of the deceased and recorded their statements, it said.Director CFSL, Lodhi Road New Delhi, along with team also visited the scene of crime. The scene of crime was video graphed/photographed by the Crime Team/South District as well as CFSL Team.The exhibits were lifted by the CFSL Team from the spot and the scene of occurrence was preserved and the body was moved for post mortem, it said.”The circumstantial evidences are suggestive of alprazolam poisoning,” it said.The Autopsy Report was handed over to SDM, Vasant Vihar on January 20.Sharma then sent his inquest proceedings report to SHO/Sarojini Nagar with the remarks, “In view of the examination of post mortem report where the cause of death is poisoning, you are directed to further investigate the matter thoroughly and take action as per law.”You are further directed to request the Director CFSL for early report of Viscera examination.” “As per the directions, police then sent the Viscera, clothes and medicines found on the spot to CFSL, Lodhi Road, for examination.The Viscera analysis report was received from CFSL, New Delhi on March 10 and the same was sent to autopsy board, AIIMS.After the perusal of CFSL report, the Autopsy Board, AIIMS, sought some more information which included quantitative estimation of various chemicals/compounds in different viscera and exhibits, presence/absence of saliva in various swabs taken from hands and epithelial cells from nails and any other circumstantial evidence, statement, photos taken at the scene of the crime so as to give holistic and comprehensive opinion in the case, said the FIR.”In compliance of the directions the exhibits/swabs were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road, in April last year to verify the presence/absence of Saliva while foreign material/epithelial cells and other exhibits were sent to FSL, Rohini for quantitative analysis of chemicals,” said the FIR.The report from CFSL, Lodhi Road said the presence of Saliva and foreign material was not detected.The report from FSL, Rohini was also obtained and both these reports were sent to the Autopsy Board, AIIMS.It was after this that the Autopsy Board gave subsequent medical opinion in September, which was its second report in which opined “the cause of death in the case is poisoning”.”Viscera are positive for ethyl alcohol, caffeine, acetaminophen and cotinine.The medical board reserved the comment on specific poison/chemical since there is a lot of limitation on viscera report,” the report had said.The report was termed “inconclusive” by the Delhi Police, following which the Autopsy Board further required that a few of other medico-legal points need to be addressed by the Investigating Officer since the circumstantial information are essential for medical opinion.”In response to the information sought by the Board, photographs of the scene of crime, statements of witnesses and relatives, e mails etc. were provided with a request that the Board members may visit the scene of crime to collect any object/material from the scene of occurrence which may be of any importance for medical examination and conclusive opinion in the post mortem report as the scene of occurrence was still preserved,” the FIR said.The Autopsy Board members, along with CFSL expert team, visited the scene of occurrence on November 5 last year and lifted exhibits from there. Seized exhibits were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road for chemical examination, it said.The report in this regard was received on December 24 and the same was sent to the Autopsy Board along with other relevant treatment papers related to the deceased on the same day, according to the FIR.The latest report from the Autopsy board in this matter has been received on December 29 in which the Autopsy Board has opined that all above medical documents given by the IO and detailed post-mortem report, including HPE, conclude that the deceased Sunanda Pushkar was neither ill nor had any disease prior to her death.”She was a normal healthy individual. In view of the above analysis, the death due to natural cause is ruled out in this case. The cause of death in this case is poisoning.”The poisoning is through oral route, however injectable route too also can’t be ruled out,” the FIR quotes the final report as saying.In view of this latest report, a case under section 302 IPC is made out, said the FIR adding “therefore a case under Section 302 of IPC has been registered.