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Rath was hit by train, confirms post-mortem

delhi Updated: May 12, 2009 01:05 IST
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The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the mysterious death of Hindustan Times journalist Jayanta Kumar Rath (26) received the postmortem report on Monday.

The report says Rath died of the ‘blunt impact’ of the train.

“The postmortem report says he died after being hit by a train. He had anti-mortem cross injury (any injury which causes death) on his chest and neck. The SIT is investigating all the angles,” said Amulya Patnaik, joint commissioner of police (crime).

The SIT is looking to gather the details from railway officials about the train that allegedly hit Rath on May 7. The police said the train driver would be interrogated.

So far the police have found no eyewitnesses. The police claim the area where he died was not well lit and there not many people may have seen him crossing the tracks.

Rath’s uncle, however, refuted the claim.

“We have been to the area where his body was found. It was well lit. There is no reason why he would have crossed the railway lines when he had reached the station one hour prior before the departure of his train,” said B.K. Rath, Jayanta’s uncle.

Rath was to travel by the Purushottam Express to Cuttack, his hometown.

There was a dismal presence of security personnel at the railway station on May 7, the day Rath died.

“The policemen told us that there was very little patrolling on May 7 since most cops were on poll duty. That’s why no one could detect his body for a good six hours when it was lying on the railway tracks,” said one of Rath’s friends.

Police said they were trying to gather information from the porters and the hawkers who were present on platforms 7 and 8. Rath’s body was found on the shunting line between Platform nos. 7 and 8 while the train had to depart from Platform no. 9.