The family of a deceased person from Chandanwadi in Thane has made allegations against Kalwa police officials for carrying out a post-mortem without informing them. The body of Nitin Gaikar (40), a tourist car driver, was found near Kalwa Naka on August 3, 2010.
“On August 2, my husband went downstairs after dinner. He was wearing a half-pant and was sitting at a temple near our house. He would often return late, so I didn’t lock the door and went to sleep. However, when he didn’t return, I went to look for him in our locality but did not find him,” said Gaikar wife Nikita Gaikar (35).
Nikita works in the non-teaching staff of a school in Vartaknagar. Since she had to rush to school to drop her children, she did not continue her search.
When I called his number at 12:15 p.m, a cop answered the phone. When I asked him what happened to my husband, he disconnected the phone and after sometime called me back. He asked me to get him along and rush to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa,” said Nikita.
When Nikita and her father-in-law reached the hospital, a cop told them that the post-mortem was over and they could take his body.
“The police could have informed us before carrying out the post-mortem as the cell-phone was with my husband. They treated his body like that of a dead cat or dog. They were putting pressure on us to take the body away immediately,” Nikita said.
Even after 10 days, the family is waiting to know the why Gaikar died.
“A police official said that he died of heart attack. But he never had heart problems,” said Nikita.
The police, however, refuted the allegations saying that they found the cell-phone much later as they were busy inspecting the body for wounds.
“We got a call about an unclaimed body found lying near Kalwa naka. A police officer immediately rushed to the spot and sent the body to the hospital for a routine course of post-mortem,” said Senior Police Inspector Vittal Desai.
“The doctor has reserved his opinion regarding the cause of death. We have preserved the viscera, which will be sent for chemical analysis,” said Senior Police Inspector Vittal Desai.