Police test deaths: Cops to seek help from sports experts in probe

The Bombay High Court subsequently directed the police to conduct an inquiry into the incident.

Written by Gautam Sandip Mengle | Mumbai | Updated: June 25, 2014 1:25 am
Four candidates had died after participating in the five-km run during the test.(Express archive) Four candidates had died after participating in the five-km run during the test. (Express archive)

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch, probing deaths of four candidates during the Mumbai Police recruitment drive, will enlist the aid of professional sports experts to examine the post mortem examination reports of the candidates.

From June 11 to June 14, four candidates, Rahul Sakpal, Prasad Mali, Ambadas Sonawane and Vishal Kedar, who had come to Mumbai for the recruitment drive of police constables had died after participating in the five km run, which is part of the recruitment process. The Bombay High Court subsequently directed the police to conduct an inquiry into the incident, which was handed over to the Crime Branch. The Crime Branch’s Unit VII is currently probing the deaths.

“We are currently waiting for detailed post mortem reports of the candidates, which will give us a clearer idea of their cause of death. Once we have these reports, we will seek help from professional sports experts. We are currently finalising which experts should be consulted,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Sadanand Date.

The post mortem examination is being conducted at the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar and the Sion Hospital, and the final reports will also include details of the histo-pathology of the candidates. The police said that this will also help get a better idea of their health, which, in turn, could help pinpoint the real cause of their death.

“We will also speak to the other candidates who had come to Mumbai with them and were in constant interaction with them, as well as to their families to find out the extent of their practice and training, as well as their eating habits and any disorders that they might have had,” said a Crime Branch officer.

Following the deaths, the Mumbai police has started screening all candidates for blood pressure and any irregularities in their heartbeat before allowing them to run.
The timing of the run has been changed to 4:30 pm in the evening.

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com

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