A medico-legal expert had studied photographs and circumstantial evidence to conclude that a 22-year-old medical student linked to the Vyapam scam had committed suicide, overruling the findings of possible homicide by a three-member panel of doctors, it emerged on Wednesday.
The revelations by the expert himself could give fresh ammunition to the opposition Congress and whistleblowers who have been saying that the death of nearly 40 people in mysterious circumstances is part of a bigger conspiracy to silence key witnesses in the multi-layered examination scam in Madhya Pradesh.
The second opinion by DS Bharkur, the director of the Bhopal-based medico legal institute, had ultimately led police to term the death of Namrata Damor as suicide.
According to the police, the second opinion had to be called for because they could not reconcile the murder theory with their investigations and the circumstantial evidence.
The special task force (STF) probing the rigging of exams for college seats and government jobs, is now probing the death of 25 people after admitting in court that 23 of them are unexplained.
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The body of Damor, a student of the MGM Medical College in Indore, was found near a railway track at Ujjain on January 7, 2012, more than 150km from her home in Jhabua.
A post-mortem on the body was done by a team of three doctors of the Ujjain civil hospital, and categorically concluding that it was a case of murder.
Bharkur, however, rubbished the findings once again on Wednesday and even termed the three doctors as incompetent.
“My analysis of the entire case which included visits to the site where the body was found, reviewing circumstantial evidence and the post mortem-report given by the team of doctors,” Bharkur told HT in a telephonic conversation.
However, BB Purohit -- one of the doctors in the panel, refuted Bharkur’s charges.
Ujjain inspector general of police said there was “no ground for us to change our opinion (of suicide).”
Family members of Damor too have refuted the police findings, pointing out that she would not have taken the trouble of reserving a train berth and travel so far just to commit suicide.
(With inputs from Punya Priya Mitra)