Death due to head injury: post-mortem report

The post-mortem on Aman Satya Kachroo,the 19-year-old who died after being ragged at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College,Tanda...

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published:March 14, 2009 11:03 pm

The post-mortem on Aman Satya Kachroo,the 19-year-old who died after being ragged at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College,Tanda (Kangra),confirms the cause of death as a neurogenic shock due to head injury. The seven-page report,accessed by The Indian Express,identifies at least six types of injuries and bruises on the head,neck,face and even the brain but leaves many questions unanswered.

The post-mortem team comprised Dr D P Swami,head of the forensic medicine at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College,Tanda (Kangra),Dr S Chakarvty,medical officer at Zonal Hospital,Dharamsala,and Dr Atul Gupta, registrar at the Forensic Department of the college.

Aman had given a written complaint to the college principal about having been subjected to ragging on March 6 and 7. He was even attended to by an ENT specialist of the college after his eardrum was perforated. But the post-mortem report is silent on the ear injury; it also does not mention the injuries on his legs,arms and other parts of the body.

Saying “one internal injury has also been detected in the skull and brain each” and “marks of injuries also noticed on the heart and pericardium portions”,the report confirms bloodstains on the left cheek.

To conclude,the doctors say “in our provisional opinion this person died of neurogenic shock… Final opinion is subject to FSL report,biochemistry and pathology report”.

Kangra SP Atul Fulzele said the police had registered a case of murder on the basis of the post-mortem report. The other reports,including Forensic Science Laboratory and biochemistry,are awaited.

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