A 22-year-old youth picked up by police at a food outlet he ran on the Pune Mumbai highway at Wakdewadi died after he suffered a suspected epileptic seizure in a police chowky in the wee hours of Thursday. Police sources said the youth and his friend were picked up at 1.30 am after a police patrol saw lights in the shop though the shutters were closed and suspected the shop was clandestinely serving customers beyond the prescribed closure time. The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Maharashtra police will investigate the death.
The deceased,Ishwar Gaud,who hailed from Karwar in Karnataka,had been living in Pune for the past few years. Gaud and four others had been running Shreyas Snack Bar in Wakdewadi on contract with the owner for the past one year,police sources said.
A senior police officer with Zone IV said on the condition of anonymity,In the early hours of Thursday,our police team on night patrol saw lights in the rear area of Shreyas Snack Bar. The team suspected the shop was open and went near it. Our team picked up two persons including Gauda and brought them to Mari Aai police chowky to charge a fine. Gauda made some calls from his cell phone and was sitting on the floor of the police chowky when he suddenly had a fit and fell unconscious. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Vishnu Naik,picked up along with Gauda,told Newsline,A couple of hours after we closed the shop,we were about to sleep. Gauda and I were about to answer natures call when police came and started asking questions. We called the owner of the shop premises,who was not reachable. Police took us to the chowky. From there we made more calls but to no avail. The cops then asked one of us to go along with them to search for the owners house. As the owner was not home,I came back. We were then made to sit for some more time. Suddenly Gauda fell on the floor unconscious. The cops immediately took him to hospital.
Naik,who was part of the four who ran the shop,added,Gauda was the only earning member of his family and his parents and a sister were dependent on him.
DCP (Zone IV) Sanjay Jadhav and Bhimrao Tele,senior police inspector with Khadki police station,refused to comment saying the CID was investigating the matter.
When asked whether Gauda had any health complaints earlier,Naik denied it.
Shopowner Vinayak Sortes version differs. According to Sorte,About six months ago,he had an epileptic fit,but I do not know whether he was taking any medication for that. S A Mujavar,deputy superintendent of police with CID,Pune,said,Post-mortem shows no external injury on the body. The viscera has been preserved for chemical analysis. Tests will confirm if he had any brain ailment.