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Police probe dental college over corpse

A private dental college here is facing police probe after a decaying corpse was found lying at its gate.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 04:38 IST

A private dental college here is facing police probe after a decaying corpse was found lying at its gate.

The dental college, awaiting ‘NOC’, or no-objection certificate, from the Dental Council of India, had obtained the corpse — of a man — for showing it to an inspection committee of DCI.

Police say the college did not inform them about the corpse even after coming to know that no post-mortem had been done on it.

Police have opened an inquiry for “irresponsible handling of a corpse,” but the college has escaped action for treating a body unethically.

Police recovered the body on September 7 and cremated it later after a post-mortem was done on it.

Gurgaon SSP Hanif Qureshi said the college had violated the Haryana Anatomy Act in procuring the body — of a 53-year-old man — from a Muradabad mortuary.

The college did not inform police even after coming to know no post-mortem had been done on it and that the cause of its death was known. “It could have been murder also,” the SSP said.

According to the dental college authorities, it did bring the body from a verified agency of Muradabad in Uttar Pradesh on September 5.

"As the body was mutilated and no post-mortem had been done, we refused to accept the body and asked the driver who had brought it to take it back. But the driver dropped the body near the gate of our college on his way back to Muradabad," said Col (Dr) PC Kulshrestha, the CEO of the dental college. “We had ordered for one body for the DCI inspection committee that had visited our college on September 5”

He claimed that had the body not been in mutilated condition, the college could have preserved it for its anatomy students. "As per the Act, we own the right to preserve the body after embalming. The body becomes college property and can be used for anatomy purposes," he added, saying there was a scarcity of bodies for anatomy studies.

However, Gurgaon SSP said the inquiry against the college was initiated not for dumping the body unethically but for their irresponsible behaviour.

"As per the Act, the college after coming to know of the fact that the body had reached them without the mandatory post-mortem at the source did not inform police and return it. It was despite the fact the body was lying with them for about 24 hours. The body had reached the college on September 4 and was sent back the next day," Qureshi added.

Risaal Singh, security officer at the college, also said the body had reached the college on September 4 evening and was sent back around 9 p.m. the next day.