Uttar Pradesh rights panel takes up killed doctor’s case

June 24th, 2011 - 10:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, June 24 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh’s State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Friday issued notice to the state government and police, taking cognisance of the autopsy report of dead deputy chief medical officer Y.S. Sachan which said injury marks round his neck were caused after his death.

Issuing notice to the state government and the police, SHRC member Justice Vishnu Sahai said it aroused serious suspicion that Sachan, arrested for allegedly having his superior murdered, was killed after which some manipulation was done to twist it as a case of suicide.

“(There were) Nine injuries out of which eight were ante-mortem (caused before death) and one was post-mortem (caused after death),” Sahai said.

“In my prima facie opinion, if the facts stated therein are correct, in view of the substantial dimensions of the two ante-mortem injuries, coupled with the post-mortem ligature mark, it requires to be deeply probed whether the deceased was first killed and thereafter strangulated or he committed suicide,” he said.

“I have no reservations in observing that the presence of a post-mortem ligature mark is incompatible with suicide,” he said.

Sahai said the death took place in the precincts of Lucknow district jail “where he was confined as an under-trial and hence the authorities of the state are under a legal obligation to explain how he died”.

“I am of the view that this is a fit case wherein the commission should exercise its suo motu jurisdiction.”

Sachan was found dead in mysterious circumstances on Wednesday night inside a toilet of the jail where he was lodged since his arrest over the murder of his chief medical officer Dr. B.P. Singh in April last.

Singh was gunned down during his routine morning walk in the city’s posh Gomati Nagar on April 2 last.

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