Haryana IAS officer dies after falling from stairs

Senior Haryana IAS officer Harbaksh Singh (56) died early Wednesday morning after tumbling down from the stairs of Gurgaon’s Sector-15 Park View apartment. Singh was posted as additional chief secretary, renewable energy.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2013 19:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Senior Haryana IAS officer Harbaksh Singh, 56, died early on Wednesday morning after he fell from stairs at his flat in Gurgaon.

Living at Gurgaon’s Sector-15 Park View apartment, the 1981-batch officer was posted as the additional chief secretary of the state’s renewable energy department.

As per post-mortem reports, Singh sustained injuries on his left temple, chest and left knee, but none of them were deep.

“The accident took place between 11pm and 1am. He was found lying in a pool of blood. Although the injuries were not deep, he died due to massive bleeding as he remained unattended till around 3.30am,” said Dr Deepak Mathur, forensic expert, Civil Hospital.

The officer, who fell from a 10-feet spiral staircase in his duplex apartment, remained unattended till one of the members of his family found him bleeding.

He was brought to the Civil Hospital around 4am where he was declared brought dead by doctors.

“The post-mortem findings suggest that Singh did not die on the spot, but died a slow death after bleeding profusely for 30 to 45 minutes,” Dr Mathur said.

The forensic expert said the officer could have been saved had he been administered immediate first-aid to control bleeding. As he remained unnoticed for nearly three hours, he lost a lot of blood.

“Corrective measures such as simple first-aid or sealing the wound with a pressure bandage would have saved him. The chances of death in such cases are very slim as it was only the flesh that was torn. None of his vital organs were damaged due to the impact. A simple stitch for his head injury would have saved his life,” Dr Mathur explained.

Singh's family was present in the apartment at the time of his death.

The forensic findings ruled out traces of alcohol in his blood. Sources said Singh had quit alcohol recently, but doctors suspected him of consuming anti-depressants and sedatives.

“There is a possibility that he was on anti-depressants or sedatives. This can be ascertained by his family. We have sent his vital organs to the forensic science laboratory (FSL) in Madhuban, Karnal,” Dr Mathur said.

Singh is survived by his wife and two sons. His mortal remains were handed over to the family after the post-mortem.

The funeral will be held on Thursday at his native Noorpur village in Jalandhar, Punjab, at noon.

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and governor Jagannath Pahadia expressed shock and grief over his sudden demise. Hooda said the state government had lost an able administrator. Pahadia conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family.

First Published: Jun 12, 2013 10:20 IST