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Suicide or murder? Mystery deepens

punjab Updated: Oct 17, 2012 23:55 IST
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The mystery shrouding the death of computer teacher Monica Goyal has deepened with the post-mortem reporting injuries before death. Though the parents of the deceased had accused her in-laws of murder, the police booked them for abetment to suicide on the basis of the post-mortem report that gave "asphyxia due to hanging" as the cause of her death.

The post-mortem report, a copy of which is with the Hindustan Times, even suggests that the victim could have been dead by the time her parents received a phone call informing them of her being unconscious or when her seven-year-old son Krish was being dressed up by his father Vikas Goyal for school that morning.

On reaching school, Krish confided in his teacher that her mother was beaten, following which she
called up his home to verify the facts. However, she was told that all was well at the home front and no such incident had taken place. In fact, Monica was dead by then.

The post-mortem report says the death occurred anywhere between 12 to 24 hours from 4.40pm, the time of the post-mortem.

Interpreting the post-mortem report that reads "haematoma measuring 3X2cm on left temporal region", medical experts say this is a "huge collection of blood and the clot is of an unusual big size". The report further reads: "Cause of death in this case in our opinion is asphyxia due to hanging. All the injuries described are ante-mortem in nature."

Meanwhile, alleging foul play Monica's family have stepped up their efforts to get her husband
and in-laws booked for murder.

Alleging police inaction and accusing them of non-cooperation, Monica's brother-in-law Deepak said: "The police have failed to take cognizance of prima facie evidences which suggest that the victim was removed from the ceiling fan before being taken to a hospital early morning at about 6am. After about two hours, they then took Monica to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16. Only the father-in-law accompanied the victim in the ambulance and the husband was missing."

Meanwhile, the local court on Wednesday extended the police remand of Monica's husband Vikas Goyal, mother-in-law Premlata and father-in-law GP Goyal till October 19. The younger brother-in-law Vishal Goyal, who was at large, was arrested by the police on Wednesday and sent to police remand till October 19. All four have been booked under Section 306 of IPC (abetment to suicide). The police are also on the lookout for Vikas's elder brother Varun Goyal, who too is absconding.

Father wants statement included
Monica's father Bhagwan Dass Jindal on Wednesday reiterated that the police had not included his statement in the FIR, even though he was the first one to record his statement. He was present at the spot when Monica was wheeled in at the GMSH-16 on Monday morning.