The post-mortem report of 22-year-old Minhaj Ansari, who died at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on October 9, allegedly due to police torture in Narayanpur police station of Jharkhand’s Jamtara district, says the cause of death was “haemorrhage and shock.” It, however, adds that the viscera has been preserved for further pathological examination.
The report, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, mentions abrasions over the body, empty stomach of the victim and “injuries” being caused due to “hard and blunt substance.” The report mentions that two-thirds of the small intestine was filled with blood. The post-mortem was conducted on October 9 by a medical board and it was videographed.
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The report is also silent on the victim being afflicted with any illness, specifically encephalitis, a claim made by the administration right through. Sources in RIMS, however, said that only a pathological examination would verify this. Jamtara district officials said they were waiting for the final report, including the viscera examination, before moving further.
“A case of murder has already been registered against the accused Sub-Inspector. The investigations are going on in this regard. Let the final report come and we will proceed as per its findings,” said Jamtara Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Kumar Dubey.
Dubey added that even though the report does not mention any illness to the victim, Ansari was treated for encephalitis in Pataliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad and then in RIMS. “The injuries mentioned in the report were caused around the legs,” he maintained, adding, that the administration had no intention of shielding its officials. The Jamtara SP could not be contacted.
Earlier, PMCH officials had said that they had suspected Minhaj was suffering from encephalitis – because he had no typhoid or malaria but had high fever and was unconscious – but conclusive tests were not done. On October 2, Ansari, a resident of Dighari village under Narayanpur police station in Jamtara, allegedly posted WhatsApp photographs showing himself posing with a calf and then with meat. Sonu Singh, a VHP office-bearer of Jamtara, alleged that this was a message about beef and informed the police which registered a case against Ansari.
The same night he was arrested. Ansari’s condition worsened on October 4. He was taken to Sadar Hospital and, subsequently, rushed to PMCH in Dhanbad. There, Ansari’s relatives allegedly assaulted Sub-Inspector Harish Pathak (officer-in-charge of Narayanpur). When Ansari’s condition did not improve, he was referred to RIMS on October 6, where he died on October 9. Pathak was initially suspended and booked for attempt to murder when the allegations of torture surfaced. The FIR against him was converted to that of murder after Ansari’s death.