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Not burnt alive,suffocation caused deaths: postmortem

A day after nine persons died when a mob set ablaze a house in Maharajganj

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow |
March 13, 2011 1:38:32 am

A day after nine persons died when a mob set ablaze a house in Maharajganj,the police claimed that according to the postmortem reports the deaths occurred due to asphyxia.

The police have denied the victims were burnt alive in fire.

The mob,on Friday morning,had set ablaze the house of one Dwarika Dubey who along with his three relatives had allegedly killed Deena Nath,the gram pradhan of Degai village,under Thoothibari police station in Maharajganj.

“The postmortem report of the deceased who died inside the house which was set on fire states that death occurred due to asphyxia,” said Superintendent of Police,Maharajganj,Virendra Kr Sheikhar.

The doctors stated the condition of the four victims who were safely brought out from the house is stable. Three of the injured ¿ Dwarika (15),Muskan (5) and a two-year-old child ¿ are admitted at Maharajganj district hospital,while 60-year-old Israwati has been referred to Medical College,Gorakhpur.

Heavy police team has been deployed in the village. Of the two cases which have been lodged in the death of nine persons,the first was lodged by a family member of the deceased,while another case was registered by the in-charge of Thoothibari police station under various sections of the IPC.

Additional Superintendent of Police,Maharajganj,SP Upadhyay,said,forty-seven persons have been arrested till now and the hunt has begun to the other accused. “The postmortem report of gram pradhan states that he died of an injury caused by a sharp weapon. There was no mention of gun shot injury in the report,” he said.

Meanwhile,most residents of the village have left the houses fearing arrest in the case.

“Except elderly persons,all villagers have left their house fearing implication in the case,” said Sageer Ahmed,a villager.

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