Postmortem rules out murder in P’kula ‘dowry death’ case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2015 15:30 IST

The doctors of General Hospital, Sector 6, in their report to the police submitted on Monday, ruled that Pooja Kalra, a resident of Bengaluru, who was brought dead to the hospital in mysterious circumstances on Friday, died of hanging.

The report rules out murder for now though the viscera report is still awaited.

The police had registered a case against the deceased’s husband Suchim Gupta, father-in-law Anil Gupta, mother-in-law Anita Gupta and grandmother-in-law Chanchal Gupta under Sections 302 (for murder), 304 B (for dowry death) and 34 (for act done by several persons in furtherance of common intentions) of the Indian Penal Code. The police had arrested Suchim and his father on Sunday and got a three-day remand on Monday.

The post mortem was conducted by a panel consisting Dr Sushil Gambhir, Dr Rajesh Raju and Dr Uma Bindal.

The report informed the police that there was no injury mark on her body other than the V mark on her neck which was caused due to hanging, implying bleak chances of her having struggled with anyone.

The police had earlier expressed doubts over the suicide theory as the distance between the table and the fan, which used for hanging, was less than Pooja’s height. But now with doctors ruling out strangulation, the police are likely to pursue the case as that of dowry death. Panchkula’s deputy commissioner of police Hamid Akhtar said, “We are still investigating the case. The postmortem report has come and it points towards death by hanging. We will take legal opinion.”

The deceased’s family had alleged that the victim used to be beaten over dowry demands. They also showed a picture of her bearing injuries. Pooja’s family alleged that her in-laws had an eye on her dead father’s accident claim, worth `5 lakh.

Pooja told her sister Kesar on Thursday that she was being treated like an animal and was hurt. She requested her to tell their mother to take her away.

Her mother Jai Shree talked to Pooja at 10 am on Friday, when she informed her of being beaten up. Jai Shree told Pooja to wait for a week and that she would bring her back from Panchkula.

As they were talking, as per the first information report (FIR), Suchim entered the room and Pooja disconnected the call.

Around 11:40 am, Jai Shree received a message stating Pooja had committed suicide. The family cremated Pooja’s body on Monday.

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