The case of acid attack on a female gym trainer in Bhopal on Friday has turned murkier especially in context of the death of the suspect Sanjay Patil.
Though it found that the victim and the suspect had a long affair prior to the incident, police on Saturday had to revert to theory of suicide by Patil as at least three eyewitnesses claimed that they had seen the suspect stab himself.
This is contradictory to the initial forensic findings on Friday evening that the injuries on Patil were not suggestive of suicide.
Patil's daughters had alleged that their father was murdered and that he and the victim were in long relationship.
But in the light of the statements by the eyewitnesses and the short postmortem report that it received on Saturday, police is as yet going by the theory that Patil committed suicide after attacking the woman Renu Sahu with acid, superintendent of police (Bhopal North), Arvind Saxena told HT.
The short PM report that came on Saturday put the cause of death as multiple shock and haemorrhage, but the director of the Medico Legal Institute, Dr DS Badkul maintained while talking to HT that 'it was very rare for someone to commit suicide in such fashion.'
Consequently, police have decided to continue the investigation to ascertain the circumstances leading to Patil's death.
“Since the way the death was caused looks suspicious and forensic experts also feel so, we would continue the investigations,” the SP said.
Dr Badkul told HT that the multiple stab wounds on Patil initially did not seem to be possible to have been inflicted by self.
“But we had talks with the police officials and they have eyewitness accounts. So we have asked them to examine the mental status of Patil before his death. Maybe someone with an unstable mental condition could probably do so. But I must say it is very rare,” the medico legal expert said.
SP Saxena said that Irfan, an accomplice of Patil in acid throwing case, was arrested on Saturday and confessed that he was accompanying the suspect Patil and he had seen him (Patil) throw acid on Renu and then stab himself.
Similarly, a local resident Vinod Agrawal and another eyewitness whose name was held back also narrated the incident in the same sequence as claimed by victim and Irfan, the SP said.
What makes the case further murky is that the police confirmed on Saturday that Renu and Sanjay were in a live-in relationship for the past seven years.
Additional superintendent of police Riyaz Iqbal said, “According to facts collected by us and statements of family, it is becoming clear that the woman and Sanjay were in relationship and living together for the last 7 years.”
But, recently they fell out as both had registered cases against each other at Bajariya police station for misbehaviour and assault.
Iqbal said, “On May 17, the woman and his brother lodged complaint at police station that Patil came to their house and beat them up. Patil had also registered a counter case against them for beating him up.”
Police have also found a letter from the suspect's bag in which he had written that he didn't want to live.
Police are also investigating whether it was written by him or not, police sources said.