Suspended NDMC employee dies at forensic lab,family alleges foul play

Virender Kumar Kaushik,one of the 17 officials of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) suspended on alleged corruption charges...

Written by Zahid Rafiq | New Delhi | Published: July 4, 2009 12:47 am

Virender Kumar Kaushik,one of the 17 officials of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) suspended on alleged corruption charges,died on Friday while being taken for a voice identification test by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). While the police are calling it a natural death,the family of the deceased alleges foul play.

Kaushik,46,an NDMC inspector suspended seven months ago,left his home in Nangloi in the morning. “He was completely fine. He had breakfast and left for the ACB office,” Kaushik’s wife Sudesh said.

Kaushik and the other co-accused were taken to the forensic lab in Rohini for a voice identification test.

Additional Commissioner of Police (ACB),Dilip Kumar told Newsline,“The accused was taken to the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) in Rohini for a second voice identification test that was specifically requested by Kaushik. He collapsed outside the FSL.”

The other suspended officials too said Kaushik collapsed without being tortured. “None among us was tortured or beaten. We were climbing the stairs when Kaushik fell. We ran to him with water; he was semi-conscious. The police then took him to Saroj Hospital,where he died,” Lalit,a co-accused said.

The family,however,claimed Kaushik’s friends were distorting facts because they were hand-in-glove with the police. “How can my son collapse just like that? He was completely healthy,” Kaushik’s father Munshi Ram Gaur said.

The family also alleged that the ACB officials had earlier demanded Rs 2 lakh from them to close the case.

The body has been sent for the postmortem. Sources said there were no external injury marks on the body.

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