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Brain tests rule out Karnal boy suffered any trauma

Brain tests conducted on the kindergarten student Pankaj in January, died under mysterious circumstances at his residence, were found to be normal. Vishal Joshi reports.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2012 18:25 IST
Vishal Joshi

Brain tests conducted on the kindergarten student Pankaj in January, died under mysterious circumstances at his residence, were found to be normal.

The 7-year-old Pankaj had died at his residence in Gandhi Gram locality of Bal Rangran village, about 32 kms from here, on Sundat night.

Though the father Jaivir Singh had given in writing to the police that no one responsible for the death but in their media interviews Jaivir’s elder brother and elderly mother repeatedly blamed the Rajkul Senior Secondary School management for the “untimely” death.

Though allegations of “punishment that traumatized Pankaj and died due to the ordeal” were made against the school since Monday morning but no formal complaint was lodged with the police or the district administration.

Also, the family refused to conduct the postmortem and body was cremated on Monday evening in the presence of the entire village.

The alleged incident of a school teacher locked the KG student in a room took place on December 27 but till date no complaint was reportedly made by the deceased’s family to the school administration, village panchayat or the district authorities.

However, Pankaj’s medical reports accessed by Hindustan Times revealed that CT scan and MRI tests conducted sometime in January were reported normal.

Conclusions of the earlier bran tests are noted in the patient’s record at the Arpana Charitable Hospital, near Karnal.

Doctors said that the brain test reports rule out any sign of trauma. Pankaj was taken to the Arpana hospital on February 6 evening and he was reportedly unconscious at that time.

He was discharged from on February 12.

The patient was diagnosed with suffering from subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), a brain disorder related to measles infection. Doctors at the Arpana Hospital said that the SSPE is a rare and fatal disease.

Samples were taken on January 30 on the reference of Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, New Delhi and report confirming measles was reported on February 8.

The test was conducted at the prestigious National Center for Disease Control, New Delhi.

Doctors who attended the patient said Pankaj was probably not immunized against measles.