Missing man’s body found at SMS Hospital morgue, kin say killed in Ramganj violence

The police have refused to confirm that Bharat died in Ramganj violence.

jaipur Updated: Sep 11, 2017 21:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Ramgani,Jaipur violence,Rajasthan
Photograph of Bharat Kodnani , whose body was found at the SMS mortuary on Monday. (HT Photo)

The family of a missing e-rickshaw driver, whose body was discovered at the SMS Hospital mortuary on Monday, alleged that he had died during violence at Ramganj on Friday night.

The family of the man, identified as Bharat Kodnani (29)— who was specially abled — refused to give approval for a postmortem. They have demanded an investigation into his death and compensation.

The police have refused to confirm that Bharat died in Ramganj violence.

“The body of the man was found between Manak Chowk and Ramganj on Friday night and was sent to the hospital by a constable and a CLG member. The cause of his death could only be ascertained after the postmortem,” said additional commissioner of police, law and order, Nitin Deep Blaggan.

Naraindas Kodnani, Bharat’s uncle, who is a resident of Choudhary Colony under Brahmapuri police station area, said that on Friday at 11 pm, he received a phone call from Bharat’s cell and the caller said that Bharat was lying in Ramganj Bazaar. “When we reached there, the police did not allow us to go there,” said Naraindas.

He said that later when the policemen were told about the phone call, they gave keys to the e-rickshaw and told that us that he had been sent to the trauma centre at SMS Hospital by 108-ambulance.

“We searched for Bharat at the trauma centre at SMS hospital and other hospitals namely Kanwatia Hospital, Jaipuria hospital, and other places, but couldn’t find him. On Saturday midnight, there was a phone call from Bharat’s cell phone, but no one spoke. The phone has been coming on Friday and Saturday, but the caller didn’t say anything,” said Naraindas.

“On Sunday, they lodged a report about Bharat at Brahmapuri police station and on Monday we received a phone call that a body of a physically challenged man was lying at the SMS mortuary and we were asked to come and identify the body, which turned out to be of Bharat,” he said.

Naraindas said that Bharat earned his livelihood by running e-rickshaw. On the day of the incident, he had gone to drop passengers to Ramganj Bazar around 10 pm. “We will not allow the authorities to conduct a postmortem till the government gives compensation and assurance of a fair probe,” he said.

He said that Bharat is survived by his mother Jyoti (52) and his sister, who is married. Bharat was unmarried.

Meanwhile, SMS hospital spokesperson Dr SS Yadav said that the person identified as Bharat on Monday was brought to the hospital on Friday night dead and was kept at the mortuary as he had not been identified.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 21:05 IST