Stroke could have led to 7-year-old’s death in car: Cops

Updated on May 23, 2009 01:05 AM IST

Three days after a seven-year-old girl was found dead in state BJP president Nitin Gadkari’s car in Nagpur, the police say the reason for her death could have been a stroke, reoprts Debasish Panigrahi.

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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Three days after a seven-year-old girl was found dead in state BJP president Nitin Gadkari’s car in Nagpur, the police say the reason for her death could have been a stroke.

On Friday, additional commissioner of police (Nagpur), Madhukar Gavit told HT that the girl — Yogita Thakre — was suffering from a congenital heart disease, which could have caused her death.

“She had a history of congenital heart disease. She had an opening in the heart. She could have suffered a stroke and died of suffocation,” he said. Gavit added that no circumstantial evidence had been found to suspect foul play, as was alleged by the girl’s mother.

He said the girl had been admitted to the Nagpur Medical College in March this year after she developed problems. “She was in hospital for over a month. Doctors had suggested that she be operated upon at that time. But the family was not in a position to bear the cost, so the operation was differed,” he said.

The girl’s mother works as a domestic help in the area and she has two more sisters. The postmortem report had explained the cause of death as “smothering”. Gavit said it could have occurred when she suffered a stroke and gasped for air.

Asked why the body was found in the car, he said, “She used to play in the area while her mother worked. Probably, she was not keeping well and went to sleep inside the car. As she was in pain after the stroke, she could not come out of the car and cry for help.”

He added that in such cases, body liquids (or even stool) tend to come out during a struggle for oxygen which could “perhaps” explain the blood stains found on the girl’s underwear.

“But we have sent body samples for chemical analysis to confirm the cause of death,” Gavit said.

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    Debasish has been an investigative reporter for nearly two decades, covering crime, legal and social issues. He is also interested in wildlife, travel and environmental issues.

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