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Nominee’s death: Cops say it’s suicide; kin alleges murder

Police investigating the death of IJP nominee Bahadur Sonker on Tuesday claimed that the case appeared to be a “case of suicide,” even as names of a few were included in the probe based on his brother’s complaint, which alleged murder.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2009 22:53 IST

Police investigating the death of IJP nominee Bahadur Sonker on Tuesday claimed that the case appeared to be a “case of suicide,” even as names of a few were included in the probe based on his brother’s complaint, which alleged murder.

“The post mortem of Bahadur Sonker was conducted on Monday by a panel of three doctors. The report had stated asphyxia as a result of ante-mortem hanging as the cause of death, which prima facie indicate towards suicide, ADGP (Law and Order) Brij Lal told reporters in Lucknow.

“The matter is still under investigation,” he added.

He claimed that other than a “skin deep ligature mark on the neck, no other injury mark was detected on Bahadur’s body during post mortem. The viscera had been preserved.”

Sonker, the Indian Justice Party candidate from Janupur was found hanging yesterday near his residence.

The ADG said on the complaint of his brother Badhu Ram Sonker, name of some persons had been included in the investigation.

“At the time of post mortem, Badhu Ram moved a complaint alleging that supporters of BSP candidate Dhananjay Singh, including Ram Kumar Sonker and Subhash Singh, abducted his brother and killed him. On the basis of the complaint their names have been included in the investigation,” he said.

Brij Lal said that two complaints were filed by Ram.

The Chief Electoral Officer forwarded a report on the incident to the Election Commission.