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Torture marks on engineer’s body

india Updated: Dec 25, 2008 23:24 IST
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The post-mortem report of Uttar Pradesh Public Works Department engineer MK Gupta, allegedly killed by a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA and his associates, states that he was subjected to electric shocks and beaten brutally, leading to a fatal brain haemorrhage.

“The executive engineer MK Gupta had 32 injuries on his body, including a head injury leading to brain haemorrhage and a fracture in his hand,” Chief Medical Officer Dr Karan Singh, who led the panel of doctors that conducted the post mortem, said on Thursday.

He said the 48-year-old engineer was beaten up badly and there were "signs of electric shocks being given to him by the assailants". The post-mortem established that he was beaten up "mercilessly" and "ante-mortem injuries" caused his death, the police said.

The post-mortem examination of Gupta's body on Wednesday night "detected serious injuries on his head, chest, abdomen and other parts," Superintendent of Police, Kanpur Rural, N. Ravindra said.

Gupta was allegedly killed for refusing to raise funds for Chief Minister Mayawati's birthday celebrations on January15.

Tiwari and two of his accomplices known only as Bhatia and Tyagi have been arrested for the murder. They were arrested on Wednesday in Rania town in the Kanpur district.

Tiwari and his accomplices were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by an Auraiyya court on Thursday. They will be lodged in Etawah jail. The police are on the lookout for two more suspects named in the First Information Report (FIR) filed by the victim's wife Shashi Gupta.

According to the victim's cousin Sharad Gupta, the engineer was under pressure to shell out a hefty amount for Mayawati's birthday celebrations.

"On earlier occasions too, Tiwari visited his house a number of times, demanding money," Sharad Gupta said.

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