Cops say she was not assaulted,doctors wait for test reports

Doctors conducting her post mortem examination,however,have reserved their opinion pending further tests.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: September 3, 2013 1:01 am

Two days after a bar girl died during a raid at the Ellora Bar in Borivali (East),police said Monday there was no indication of assault or misconduct on part of the Social Service Branch,which carried out the search.

Doctors conducting her post mortem examination,however,have reserved their opinion pending further tests.

The girl,Shabana Khan (27),suddenly collapsed when sleuths from Social Service Branch of the Mumbai police raided the bar Saturday night. She was rushed to Bhagwati Hospital where she was declared brought dead.

Police had registered an accidental death report and begun probe.

“There are no internal or external injuries on Shabana’s body. Our investigations indicate she was not touched by SSB personnel. She collapsed around two minutes after they landed at bar to check its permit and other documents,” said police spokesperson Satyanarayan Chaudhary,DCP (Detection – I).

Doctors concurred with the police’s version but stopped short of giving a final verdict.

Dr T P Lahane,dean of J J Group of Hospitals,said,“There are no external or internal injuries. We have noted edema in the brain and lungs but have reserved our opinion on the cause of death.”

While a probe is being carried out at the local police station level,the local crime branch unit has also been instructed to conduct a parallel inquiry to check if there was any high-handedness or misconduct on the part of police.

“The local police station has taken the hard disk containing the CCTV footage of the bar in its custody. We will ascertain the exact sequence of events at the time of the incident,” Chaudhary added.

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