First autopsy findings ‘inconclusive’, police claim there was no second fight

Toxicology and viscera reports awaited, police record statement of his friends.

New Delhi | Published:February 6, 2014 12:33 am
Nido Taniam’s sister outside the Lajpat Nagar police station on Wednesday. (Amit Mehra) Nido Taniam’s sister outside the Lajpat Nagar police station on Wednesday. (Amit Mehra)

The police investigating the death of 19-year-old Nido Taniam on Tuesday took the statement of his friends who were present at the spot on the day of the incident.

The initial findings by the doctors at AIIMS have said the cause of death is “inconclusive”.

Investigating officials said there was only one scuffle between the accused persons and Nido. The compromise between Nido and the accused persons had taken place outside the Rajasthan Paneer Bhandar, run by accused Farman.

Nido had agreed to pay Rs 7,700 for the damages he allegedly caused in the shop. After the compromise, police claimed that Nido left, but later called some of his friends to the spot.  One of the accused saw Nido approaching with his group of friends and informed the police control room.

“The PCR reached the spot and the local police also came there. This time, when both parties claimed that the matter was settled, we asked them to give it in writing.” a police officer said.

Nido then called his mother in Arunachal Pradesh who spoke to one of the policemen at the spot. Police said Nido’s mother requested the policeman to take him to the police station and hand him over to his local guardian.  The Assistant Sub Inspector took Nido back on his motorcycle.

“At the police station, we waited for the local guardian, but Nido introduced one of his friends as the guardian and left the station with him. A day later, we were informed about his death at Green Park,” the officer said.

On Tuesday, police also took the statement of all friends with whom Nido had spent the night at Green Park. Police said, prima facie, it appeared Nido died of internal injuries sustained in the scuffle.  His friends told police that Nido did not eat anything that night. He took a tetanus injection which he purchased from a chemist near Green Park. Other than that, no other medicine has been recovered from the flat where he was found dead.

Sources at AIIMS forensic department said since the preliminary findings for cause of death was inconclusive, they were awaiting the toxicology and viscera report.

“There were some external injuries on the body, but nothing serious enough to cause death. There were bruises and abrasions on his arm, neck, chest, back and hands. These may not have led to his death, but the fact that there are external injuries are significant,” the source said.

Meanwhile, family members of Pawan and Sunder, who were arrested in the case, said police have framed them.

Vimla Devi, mother of the duo, said Pawan had made the PCR call about the incident and was a witness to the scuffle. “When they saw the scuffle, they intervened. They stopped the fight and called the PCR. The  police picked them up and, later, we were told that they were arrested,” she said. Police, however, insisted that the duo had assaulted Nido.

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