Victim attacked with blunt object: Autopsy report
A week after he died, because of his alleged involved in a violent confrontation with his fellow inmates at Rohini jail in outer Delhi, the autopsy report of 35-year-old Raju revealed that a merciless beating with a blunt object was the reason behind his death.delhi Updated: Apr 15, 2011 23:58 IST
A week after he died, because of his alleged involved in a violent confrontation with his fellow inmates at Rohini jail in outer Delhi, the autopsy report of 35-year-old Raju revealed that a merciless beating with a blunt object was the reason behind his death.
"There are at least 22 injury marks on several vital parts of his body. Most of these injuries are understood to have been inflicted with a blunt weapon --- most probably a baton," said a senior Delhi Police officer requesting anonymity.
A resident of outer Delhi's Bawana, Raju was in the Rohini jail for the past 14 months for his alleged involvement in theft and robbery cases.
"On the morning of April 7, Raju was produced at the Rohini court where he got into an argument with a witness. He hurled abuses at the said witness and the judge directed that Raju should, in future, be produced in handcuffs and fetters," the officer said.
Raju was found dead at 11pm on the same day in his cell. Prison authorities claimed that his fellow inmates had assaulted him after an argument went terribly wrong.
"His body was taken to the adjacent Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital. The post-mortem examination was to be conducted at the same medical facility," said the officer.
Apart from the beating with blunt weapon, sources said, Raju's autopsy report also attributes his death to the "combined effects of traumatic asphyxia".
"The injuries inflicted by the blunt weapons are all over Raju's neck, chest, head, stomach and legs. His right shoulder was also found to be broken --- it seems to be the first injury inflicted on him. The report is very clear about the fact that a blunt weapon was used to assault him. The question is where the assailants, who the prison authorities claim are inmates, got their weapons from," the officer said.
Sunil Gupta, law officer and spokesperson of prisons, said: "As is the procedure in such cases, the matter was referred to the judicial magistrate who in turn will investigate the matter before forwarding it to us. We are yet to receive the inquest report."