Mystery shrouds over death of food van owner

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2014 22:31 IST

Death of fast food van owner Gurdev Singh (40) of Gurbagh Colony still remains shrouded in mystery as the board of doctors- formed for the post-mortem examination of the body of the deceased- suspect the man had died- before the body was taken to the civil hospital- over 48 hours ago.

But according to police, the kin of the deceased say his body was recovered within 24 hours of the death.
Sensing the criticality of the matter, the board has now sent the body to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, and recommended post-mortem by forensic experts.

According to the preliminary investigation, no injury or strangulation marks were found on it. It was suspected that the man had died due to consuming poison, but the decomposition of body has perplexed the doctors.

They say the body starts decomposing after 24 hours of the death. But in this case, Singh's body has decomposed to the extent that it has now turned black.

Senior medical officer at Civil Hospital, Dr RK Karkara, said the board of doctors found the matter sensitive and referred it to Rajindra Hospital Patiala, as the Ludhiana civil hospital has no forensic expert.

Sub-inspector Kamaljit Singh, station house officer (SHO), Moti Nagar police station, said, "The family members of deceased had told police that he left home on Sunday morning and did not return. His body was recovered from Jandiali village on Monday morning."

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