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4 days after death, family claims body

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2010 01:09 IST
HT Correspondent
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Deepak Paikrao

Four days after Deepak Paikrao's death and following several rounds of JJ Hospital, Byculla, the 22-year-old's family finally managed to claim his body.

Paikarao, who was serving a drink-driving sentence as his employer's proxy, died of a heart attack on Thursday.

The family, however, could claim his body only on Sunday because he was listed as 'Shrikant Kamble' in the hospital's documents.

Paikrao's mother, Seema, claimed Kamble's father, Uttam, signed the post-mortem documents despite knowing that his son was alive.

"On Thursday, Kamble's family came to our house asking us to claim Deepak's body without revealing his identity but we refused," said Seema.

"When we went to the hospital, the authorities didn't give us the body," she

Dr T.P. Lahane, dean, JJ Hospital, said, "We asked Paikrao's family to get a letter citing his real name from the police station that had ordered the post-mortem."

"As soon as we got that, we issued a post-mortem report and let his family claim the body," he added.

Abdul Ansari, a friend of the Paikraos, said Kamble had assured Paikrao that he would be in court with money to pay the fine but did not turn up.

Paikrao could not pay the fine of Rs 1,300 and was sentenced to simple imprisonment for four days.

"We suspect that the shock of suddenly being in jail killed him," Ansari alleged.

The Mulund police are recording statements of the policemen, who accompanied Paikrao to court and to jail, as well as Paikrao's family. Paikrao's family has also demanded action against Uttam.

"If the family has allegations against Kamble's family, it should file a police complaint," said R. Vhatkar, deputy commissioner of police (zone VII).

"If our investigation finds the need to book anyone else, we will take appropriate action."

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