The Human Rights Protection Forum (HRPF) has demanded re-opening of a case wherein a 22-year-old youth died under mysterious circumstances last year. Chandigarh police had claimed that the youth,Manav Garg,died due to consumption of drugs. The parents of the deceased,along with HRPF,however,on Tuesday alleged that the Chandigarh police deliberately closed the case by stating the cause of death being consumption of drugs,whereas according to the report disclosed by the forensic team,the cause of death is stated to be due to drowning in muddy water.
At a press conference held Tuesday,Manavs parents alleged that police had closed the case without lodging any FIR. The case has now been marked to the Crime Branch. However,no FIR has been registered yet.
The parents alleged that on February 11 last year,their son Manav was found unconscious near Sector 48-49 light point around 10.30 am. He was taken to Government Medical College and Hospital-32,where he was declared brought dead. According to the family members,the investigating officer,Randhir Singh,was allegedly in a hurry to close the case and stated the cause of death being consumption of heavy dose of drugs (Carisoma capsules). Calling the probe shoddy,the family said they suspected Manav was murdered as it seemed unlikely for someone to drown in 3-4 inches of muddy water. The family also alleged that the investigating officer first said in a press statement that no drugs was found from Manavs pocket,but retracted from his statement the next day,saying they recovered Carisoma capsules from his possession. They have named eight suspects allegedly responsible for Manavs death.
They said one of his friends had stains of mud on his clothes and signs of injuries on his body when he returned home on the day Manav died. They suspect that a fight broke out between the two and resulted in Manavs death.
We have received the matter and an inquiry has been set up to investigate the matter, said Inspector Ranjodh Singh of Crime Branch.
When contacted,Randhir Singh said,It is true that capsules were found from Manavs pocket. However,since the post-mortem report stated the cause of death due to choking of the lungs with mud,we closed the case, adding,Since no injury marks were found on the body as per the report,we dismissed the possibility of an alleged murder.