JNU scholar died due to hanging, no injury marks found: AIIMS doctors

The body of the JNU research scholar was embalmed and handed over to police adding the autopsy procedure was videographed.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 15, 2017 7:52 pm
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AIIMS doctors Wednesday said the Dalit research scholar at JNU who had allegedly hanged himself at his friend’s residence in south Delhi’s Munirka died due to asphyxia and no injury mark was found on the body.

Muthu Krishnan (28), an M Phil student at JNU’s Centre for Historical studies, had hanged himself from a ceiling fan at his friend’s residence in South Delhi’s Munirka area on Monday.

The five-member medical board constituted to conduct the autopsy, in its preliminary report, has stated that the death was due to hanging and no injury marks were present on the body.

“The death was due to asphyxia (a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body due to abnormal breathing) as a result of ante-mortem hanging. No injury mark has been found in any part of the body,” Dr Sudhir Gupta, Head of AIIMS Forensic Department, told PTI.

“There were signs of dribbling of saliva on the face of the deceased which is a sure sign of ante-mortem hanging. Viscera has been preserved for chemical analysis,” Dr Gupta said.

The body of the JNU research scholar was embalmed and handed over to police, he said, adding the autopsy procedure was videographed.

Meanwhile, police have registered a case of abatement to suicide in the death of Krishnan.

“We have registered a case of abatement to suicide under relevant section of The Scheduled Castes (SCs) and the Scheduled Tribes (STs) Prevention of Atrocities (PoA) Act. The case has been registered against unknown persons,” a senior police officer said.

Krishnan’s body was taken for post-mortem to AIIMS yesterday but it could not be done as the student’s family members along with some Congress, AIADMK and DMK leaders and a few JNU students demanded transparency in the autopsy.

Krishnan’s father had sought a CBI probe claiming that his son cannot commit suicide.

“My son cannot commit suicide. He was very strong and confident. We want a CBI probe to be conducted and actual reason behind his death be revealed,” Krishnan’s father, Jeevanandam, had said.

Following their demands, the medical board was constituted.

Krishnan, who had named himself ‘Krish Rajini’ on Facebook, was at the forefront of a students’ movement following Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

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  1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
    Mar 15, 2017 at 2:35 pm
    Autopsy clearly says that he died due to asphyxia caused by hanging. What further proof these Dalit stalwarts want? I can understand the anguish of the father. After all he lost his son. The SC/STs are a pampered lot and hence all these troubles.
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      Rakesh Pandit
      Mar 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm
      Why so much noise about this suicide? Yes, its tragic, as tragic as 100s other suicides - students, farmers, women, etc etc. Why make it "special"?
      1. K
        Mar 15, 2017 at 7:14 pm
        In reality his academic record must not be good and he must have realised that he will not get his degree which must have led to depression leading to his decision to commit suicide. I am sad to write this but this angle must checked. I see no other reason.
        1. K
          Mar 15, 2017 at 9:44 pm
          In another newspaper, the report on this case states that Muthukrishnan had a B.A and a M.A from a government college and a B.Ed and a M.Phil from other insutions and has been working towards a Phd until now. In the report above, it is said that he was studying towards a M.Phil. Which is it? The reporters do not seem to have accurate information and these reports go into print seemingly without any verification and do not seem to care either driven solely by the urge to get into print. How can we form any meaningful opinion based on incomplete and incorrect information.
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            pravin s
            Mar 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm
            maximum aiims doc tors are mannuwadiis
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