BY: KOMAL SHAH
The crime branch in its affidavit filed within the Bombay high court (HC) within the alleged custodial death of 27-year-old Vijay Singh at Wadala TT police headquarters last year averred that supported the post-mortem reports of Sir JJ and King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospitals, the victim died of an attack and hence there’s no substance within the various contentions raised by his family in their petition.
The affidavit says that as there was a discrepancy within the post-mortem reports of both the hospitals, a clarification was sought and is awaited. The report stated that Singh suffered “acute coronary insufficient precipitated by the sudden panic attack”, indicating unnatural death, while the report from Sir JJ Hospital report stated that Singh died of “myocardial infarction.”.
The report was given by KEM Hospital. The affidavit filed by senior inspector Ninad Sawant, from crime investigation department unit 4, Antop Hill, stated on October 27 around 11 pm, a lady was on her thanks to meet her friend at Wadala RTO. Singh, who was on a motorbike, pulled the woman’s hand and she or he fell.
The friend rushed to the spot when he heard that she was crying, accosted Singh, and held him by the collar and questioned why he pulled the woman’s hand, the affidavit said. At that time, his two friends, Ankit Mishra and Nirmal Singh reached the spot and assaulted the woman’s friend and he suffered head injuries. A police wagon, which was passing by, took the five people to the Wadala TT police headquarters.
After the incident, officer Sandip Kadam filed a non-cognizable complaint against Singh and his friends and therefore the woman and her friend to Sion Hospital for medical treatment, the affidavit stated. Singh was kept in the lock-up, while his two friends were made to sit outside. Around 12.30 am, Kadam left for Sion hospital and returned with the complaint filed by the lady and her friend. At the time, Singh started complaining of pain and was brought out of the lock-up. But he continued to feel uneasy then was allowed to travel out of the police headquarters for fresh air, the affidavit further stated.
Singh collapsed after he got out and was taken to a hospital by his relatives, where he was declared dead. KEM Hospital was sent the body first for post-mortem and later to Sir JJ Hospital. The affidavit avers that at the time of the post-mortem at KEM Hospital, Singh’s family didn’t raise any objection but later when there have been protests, two officers and three constables were suspended and an inquiry was directed to Special Investigation team.