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Journalist autopsy reveals enlarged heart, no injuries: Reports

The autopsy on the body of Akshay Singh the journalist who died while covering the Vyapam scam has revealed that he died of an enlarged heart, reports said Monday.

india Updated: Jul 06, 2015 19:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The autopsy on the body of Akshay Singh the journalist who died while covering the Vyapam scam has revealed that there were no external or internal injuries, reports said Monday.

NDTV reported citing sources that in the autopsy the heart was found to be enlarged and the lungs deeply congested.

Though this does not indicate anything suspicious, doctors would for the outcome of the viscera sample test at the AIIMS Hospital in Delhi before reaching any conclusion on the cause of death.

Earlier, police in Madhya Pradesh said the panel of doctors at the Dahod General Hospital in Gujarat have "reserved" their opinion on cause of death.

"The opinion on the cause of the death is reserved in the post-mortem report," Jhabua district Superintendent of Police (SP), Abid Khan told reporters.

"The viscera have been preserved by the hospital and the process to send it to AIIMS (New Delhi) has been initiated by the authorities," Khan said.

Police have also registered a case in this regard in Megnnagar Police Station. A police team has been dispatched to New Delhi for recording statements of those, including the cameraperson, who were with Akshay when he died all of a sudden.

Akshay, working for a leading Delhi-based news channel, suddenly took ill and died after having interviewed parents of a girl who had been found dead near railway tracks after her name figured in the infamous MPPEB scam.

The 38-year-old journalist had called on the parents of Namrata Damor, whose body had been found under mysterious circumstances near railway tracks in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh on January 7, 2012.

On Sunday, state DGP Surendra Singh had said that the government has decided to get the viscera samples (of Singh) tested at AIIMS Delhi as well as at Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

The demand for sending the viscera outside the state was made by Singh's sister in a letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

India Today group, for which Singh worked, had also urged Madhya Pradesh government to send his viscera sample to a forensic laboratory outside the state, preferably AIIMS at Delhi, for a transparent examination.

Chouhan has already said that his government will write to the HC-constituted Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is overseeing the STF's investigation into the scam, to probe the death of the journalist.

(With input from agencies)