Forensic expert BB Purohit couldn’t feel more vindicated when the CBI recently supported his autopsy report following the 2012 death of medical student Namrata Damor, who was an alleged beneficiary of the multi-crore Vyapam scam.
His report more than three years ago said the 20-year-old student was murdered but Madhya Pradesh police called it a suicide on the basis of a second report prepared by the Bhopal-based medico legal institute’s director DS Badkul.
Badkul’s findings were based on his study of photographs from the site where the body was found — a railway track in Ujjain — on January 7, 2012.
Purohit told HT that in his entire career in the field of forensic science he hasn’t come across anybody who has drawn any such conclusion on the basis of photographs. “One can see the external injury marks on photographs. How about internal injury marks?” he asked.
He was a part of a panel of three doctors who conducted the first autopsy and, years after his report was junked, the CBI corroborated it recently while filing a case of murder in connection with Damor’s death.
Badkur could not be contacted despite several attempts.
Police didn’t bother to refer to the first postmortem report after the second was filed despite Damor’s family and whistleblowers insisting she was murdered. The forgotten case was dredged up when TV journalist Akshay Singh died mysteriously moments after interviewing her family members in Jhabua on July 4.
Purohit said he didn’t know under what circumstances the case was referred for a second postmortem examination as it was not the usual practice.
“There appeared to be some prejudiced action. But my job was over with the autopsy. We never look beyond this point as to why a case is referred for a second postmortem examination and what’s the result.”
Purohit said to look at the possibility of rape prior to her death, vaginal swab slides were made and sent for histological examination.
“In case of positive results, it was for police to match them with suspects through a DNA test.”