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Abhishek's family engulfed in sorrow

His father, SC Mishra is writing letters to the CJI, NHRC seeking a CBI inquiry, reportsAmitabh Shukla.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 21:33 IST

The mystery of Gurgaon boy Abhishek Mishra's death at Dasham Falls, near Ranchi, deepened, with the father of Abhishek Dr SC Mishra  writing letters to the Chief Justice of India, the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court and the National Human Rights Commission seeking an inquiry through an autonomous body like the CBI.

Death of his only son, has steeled the resolve of Dr Mishra to fight for justice. “I have nothing left now. My son meant so much to me. I just want the truth to prevail instead of the half baked theories which the two boys who accompanied Abhiskek are dishing out to the media,” he told Hindustan Times.

When one of the two daughters of the Doctor at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Simpy, fainted again on Tuesday afternoon, the father told her: “How  will we fight for justice if we become weak?” He asked her to be strong enough to fight for the truth.

Asked what led him to the conclusion that foul play was involved and it was not an accidental death, Dr Mishra said being a doctor and an orthopedic surgeon, he could gauze from the body of his son that it was a  murder and not a simple accidental fall.

“His face had a deep cut, one of the upper teeth was broken, there was a deep mark on his right leg which can result only by beating with an iron rod and his skull was fractured at the back,” he said.

Such injuries would not result from a free fall. Moreover, Dr Mishra said, both the boys who had accompanied Abhishek – Vishal Pandey and Bharat Anand are issuing contradictory statements in the media. In addition, no one has yet got the version of Ragini, the daughter of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and the fourth friend in the group who had gone for a picnic at Dasham Falls.

The family of Dr Mishra has also requested the authorities in Ranchi to send them a copy of the postmortem report of Abhishek. So far, they are not even aware on what the report revealed except that it was a case of “death due to drowning”.

Pratibha Mishra, mother of Abhishek, and a trained psychologist said the behaviour of the police and the district administration in hushing up the case was “fishy and suspect”. “We certainly deserved to know what happened to my son and how?” she added.

Meanwhile two RJD MPs and one JD (U) MP visited Dr Mishra’s house in Gurgaon. RJD MP Raghunath Jha said he favoured an investigation into the matter. Dr Mishra said Jha and the other MPs were family friends and had come to express their condolence.

ashukla@hindustantimes.com