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Amity student was a champion swimmer,could not have drowned: relatives

Relatives of Justine John Xavier,the first-year B Tech student of Amity University who drowned to death on Thursday,arrived in Noida for the post-mortem.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | Noida |
September 5, 2009 12:50:56 am

Relatives of Justine John Xavier,the first-year B Tech student of Amity University who drowned to death on Thursday,arrived in Noida for the post-mortem. The family,yet to get over the shock of his death,said the police need to probe the cause of death in detail. Talking to Newsline,Joseph Antony,Justine’s cousin,said his death by drowning is hard to believe.

“Justine had received many awards in swimming and was an alumnus of Chennai’s Montfort School. Drowning could never be the reason for death,” said another relative.

Justine’s parents are in Saudi Arabia.

Relatives,meanwhile,will be taking the body to Kerala tomorrow. “Justine’s parents will be reaching Kerala on Sunday,” said Sister Lincy,Justine’s aunt.

“Sayan Roy was with him when the incident occurred. Both were standing and suddenly,he felt something touching his legs. He bent down and saw Justine coiled around his legs. We gave him first aid and our ambulance rushed him to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival,” said Colonel Sood,a security officer with Amity.

The police,however,maintained that Justine died of drowning. “The post-mortem suggests that he died due to drowning. We have handed over the body to the relatives who will be flying to Kerala on Saturday,” said Ashok Tripathi,SP City.

Not convinced,Joseph said Justin’s parents should lodge a complaint against the university administration. “After his parents arrive,we will decide whether to pursue the case or not. I suppose,demand for further investigation and a complaint against the university administration will follow,” said Sister Lincy.

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