The postmortem report of Dr YS Sachan, deputy chief medical officer (CMO) of family welfare department, indicated that his body was hanged after he had died. He bled to death, at least eight hours before the body was found, the report said.
Sachan, the prime accused in the murder of CMO, family welfare, Dr BP Singh, was found dead inside a toilet in the jail hospital on Wednesday night. Police said he hanged himself. On Thursday, six jail officials, including the jailor and deputy jailor, were suspended.
According to the postmortem report, his body bore eight incisions and death was caused by excessive bleeding, said a police officer. The ligature mark on the neck was caused after his death.
The incisions were found on both sides of his neck, forearms and groin. The incision on the right side of the neck is 6 inches deep and the one on the right groin is 9 inches deep. These cuts were possibly made with a surgical knife, said an official who was among the first to examine the body. “A person cannot cause such deep cuts on his own body," he said.
Sachan was missing from his hospital bed since 7.30 am, said another official.
Given the fact that a headcount of prisoners is made every time jail guards change shift, it was strange that his disappearance was not noticed. By the time the body was found, three shifts had changed, he said.
Alleging Sachan was murdered, his family demanded the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the case.
The opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh have seconded the demand. The family also wants a second postmortem conducted at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Though he talked about torture by the police, he showed no sign of depression when she last met him on Monday, said Sachan’s wife Malti.
Sachan, she said, was not wearing a belt -- with which he had “hanged” himself — when he went to jail. He was also not allowed to keep a shaving kit.
Sachan's elder brother Dr RK Sachan, who retired from Lucknow’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, wondered how a right-handed person could inflict such injuries on the right side of his body.
He said his brother was murdered since he could have revealed facts behind the murders of CMOs Singh and VK Arya.