The Mumbai-based family of a 19-year-old woman, who died mysteriously in Pune two years ago on the night of her birthday, has claimed in the Bombay High Court (HC) that somebody else’s organs were sent for chemical analysis as the DNA samples did not match with that of her parents after a test was carried out later. The family, while pointing out the police’s “lethargy and callousness” in carrying out the probe, claimed that she was an athlete and could not have died due to a “weak heart” as per a medical report by Pune’s Sassoon Hospital.
The Andheri-resident was a second year Bachelor of Fashion Communication student at the Symbiosis Institute of Design and also worked part-time. She died on the night of her birthday when she went partying with her colleagues.
While seeking a probe by CBI before Justice V M Kanade and P D Kode, the family’s lawyer Aniket Nikam said though there were injury marks on the woman’s chest, the police is yet explore all possible angles. Even the process of post-mortem was not videographed, Nikam argued.The HC, on June 24, asked the Pune criminal investigation department (CID) to produce all her medical records and photos.
After a “shoddy investigation” the family sought transfer of the probe from Yerwada police to the CID and even sent a letter to the state home minister. As per the family claims, the post-mortem carried out at Pune’s Sassoon Hospital did not reveal the cause of death. “The cause of death was not revealed, since the report of chemical analysis of viscera was pending. The chemical analysis reports were given on November 20, 2012 and December 5, 2012, respectively,” said Hasan.The petition said the pathology reports showed the youngster had “severe heart problems and that the cause of death was alcoholic intoxication with ischemic heart disease.” The family requested the Inspector General-CID, Pune for a DNA test of the heart and a re-examination of the viscera at Kalina Forensic Lab in Mumbai. “Neither the DNA of the heart nor the DNA of vagnial swab matched with the parents,” the petition pointed out.
Alleging the police is intentionally not naming any accused, the petition said inspite of several letters, no action has been taken.