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Army man travelling from Manipur to UP found dead near Bihar village, probe on

The body of army jawan Subhash Chandra, of Saharanpur (UP), was found lying close to the railway track near a village falling under Teghra police station in Begusarai district of north Bihar on June 26.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2017 17:42 IST
Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
Hindustan times, Patna
The deceased person’s family complained the body was handed over to them in a decomposed state.
The deceased person’s family complained the body was handed over to them in a decomposed state. (Representative image)

A police inquiry has been ordered into the unnatural death of army soldier, travelling from Manipur in the north east to Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, whose body was found close to railway track, near a village falling under Teghra police station in Begusarai district of north Bihar on June 26.

Family members of the jawan have alleged the body of the victim was handed over to them in a decomposed state, apparently because it was not stored in an air conditioned mortuary. 

Begusarai DM, Naushad Yusuf said the police have been ordered to carry out a thorough probe into the death of the jawan in mysterious circumstances. The SDO has been asked to probe how the body got decomposed. 

According to SP Ranjit Kumar Mishra, the villagers of Barauni panchayat had, on June 26, informed the local police about an unidentified man lying near the railway crossing, about three kilometres west of Barauni junction railway station in the Katihar railway division. 

Local police immediately rushed to the spot and sent him to the local sadar hospital where doctors declared him ‘brought dead’. During a search of his personal belongings, police recovered an identity card, election photo identity card , an Aadhaar card and a cell phone, before the body was sent for postmortem.

Police identified the man as Subhash Chandra of Saharanpur. They also recovered from his possession two general tickets, one from Dimapur to Naugachhia and another from Naugachhia to Ambala Cantt. Police are yet to find out, why he did not have direct ticket to Saharanpur, the place to which he was travelling.

“Police contacted Chandra’s family which arrived at Begusarai on evening of June 27 and collected the body at around 11.30 am on June 28”, said Mishra, adding that jawan may have fallen fell a victim to a gang using sedatives (nasha-khurani) to rob train passengers. 

Civil hospital sources disclosed to HT that the deceased’s brothers- Babloo Singh, Vijay Rana and Raju Kumar, had complained of the condition in which chandra’s body was handed over to them. They alleged that the hospital administration did not even provide a coffin or keep the body covered in ice. 

Sources said the post-mortem centre at the Begusarai hospital was in a decrepit state.

“The one-room autopsy facility has no waiting area. The marble is chipped and there is poor lighting and no ventilation. A drain runs through the postmortem house, through which rats enter the room where the bodies are kept. A new autopsy room constructed at a cost of Rs 53 lakh, still does not have AC or electricity”, said an employee.. 

Earlier, on December 27, 2016, the body of a Bhutanese woman, kept outside the post-mortem room at sadar hospital in Begusarai, was eaten by stray dogs. She had died when she alighted from a vehicle and was run over by another vehicle, while crossing the road. 

After the accident, the police sent her body to hospital for post-mortem. "But the concerned health officials left her body in the open outside the post-mortem room and some stray dogs ate some parts of the body," a police source said.

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 17:42 IST

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