Ryan student death: Preliminary report rules out sexual assault

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2016 01:04 IST
Divyansh’s father Ramhet Meena (centre) met commissioner BS Bassi at the police headquarters on Monday. (Arun Sharma /HT Photo)

The preliminary autopsy report of six-year-old Divyansh, who was found dead in a water tank at a south Delhi School last week, puts the cause of death as drowning.

A comprehensive report will be issued only after the boy’s viscera samples are analysed.

The forensic team at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that conducted the post-mortem sent Divyansh’s viscera samples - the internal organs of the body along with anal and oral swabs and hair samples -- to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for further analysis.

“It does not appear to be a case of sexual assault but anything concrete can be said only after both the reports are analysed,” said a source at AIIMS.

Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi agreed.

“The postmortem report is being studied. Prima facie, the report does not indicate sexual assault. The death was due to drowning,” he said.

He said the police team would correlate the findings of the postmortem report with its investigation.

Divyansh’s father Ramheet Meena met the police commissioner on Monday. He requested a fair trial and the top cop assured him that case was investigated on merit.

“I expressed my heartfelt condolences to the father and assured him that the investigation into the case will be speedy and totally on merit. I told him that all facets in the case will be investigated thoroughly and nothing will be left to speculation,” Bassi said.

Normally, it takes about a week to 10 days for the viscera analysis results to be out.

“Our labs are already overloaded so it may take longer,” said the AIIMS source about the FSL report.

The forensic medicine experts at AIIMS had also visited the crime spot to establish the chain of events last week, as is the protocol. The initial report had pinned asphyxia as the cause of death, and the boy had water in his lungs.

Meena had raised 26 questions about the incident for the investigators to look into: Who unlocked the fourth gate, how the child managed to slip out of class in the presence of a teacher, why the school authorities did not inform the police or the parents in the three hours they were searching for him, among others.

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