Bhopal acid attack case: Police now believe Sanjay Patil stabbed himself to death

  • Shams Ur Rehman Alavi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2015 18:02 IST

Questions on the death of middle-aged Sanjay Patil, who died after attacking a woman with acid in Ashoka Garden in Bhopal 10 days ago, seem to have been finally put to rest.

After initial confusions, the police now strongly believe that it was a case of suicide.

The woman survived the attack, but Patil died of multiple stab injuries.

"The incident had occurred in full public view. Apart from crime scene investigation, there were independent eyewitnesses and the handwritten notes he left behind, which also indicated that he was in a state of depression. Apart from this, the scientific investigation also pointed towards suicide,” said a police officer who was part of the investigation.

“Even if you slap a man, it is not possible that your second and third slap would be exactly at the same spot. Similarly, if someone stabs another person, it is not possible to keep stabbing at exactly the same place because the victim would resist. The possibility is only when there are at least 4-5 persons pinning down the victim and he is repeatedly stabbed. Even then, the person keeps tossing and turning, making it very difficult to attack at the same point,” he added.

Superintendent of police (SP), Bhopal North, Arvind Saxena said that in the case of Sanjay Patil’s death, it became clear that it was not homicide but suicide because of scientific spot investigation, independent witnesses as well as forensic evidences.

"There were five injuries in a circle of barely 2-1/2 inches. In all, 7 injuries in a circle of 4-1/2 inches. Besides, the manner of injuries, the nature of wound and entry of weapon, suggested that it was suicide."

In the case of Patil, the multiple stab wounds were exactly at the same place — on the left side of the chest.

Forensic experts say that reconstruction of crime always plays an important role in finding out the turn of events leading to the crime.

“When someone is overcome by a strong desire to die, almost in a state of frenzy, when he has a junoon (possessed), such incidents happen. There are many cases in Bhopal in the past too when incidents occurred and people found it difficult to believe it,” said a scientific officer with the MP police.

Medico Legal Institute head Dr DS Badkur had also told HT a day after the incident that mental instability could lead to such mode of suicide and had suggested police investigate in this direction.

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