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No proof of physical struggle in jail: Probe

No proof of physical struggle in jail: Probe

GS Paul

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 12

The occurrence of any kind of physical struggle in the Amritsar Central Jail has been ruled out in the case of death of Gurpinder Singh Babbar, prime accused in the 532-kg heroin seizure at Attari ICP.

Nonetheless, the exact cause of his death was still unknown for want of outcome of chemical viscera report from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh.

The 125-page inquiry report conducted by Additional District Magistrate Himanshu Aggarwal has been submitted to the Home Department. The matter is also being investigated by the NIA.

Sources said the report also recommended remedial measure to prevent such incidents in future.

Gurpinder’s family members had alleged that he was a victim of stage-managed death wherein jail officials were also involved.

On July 21, Gurpinder (29) was rushed to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital after he started vomiting blood. The doctors at the hospital declared him brought dead. Following this, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had ordered a judicial probe.

Without divulging the details of the inquiry, Aggarwal said as many as 69 persons, who were associated from the time Gurpinder was lodged in the jail and till his death, were thoroughly questioned. These included at least 10 jail officials, SHOs of Gharinda and Rajasansi police stations, doctors of jail and GNDH, ambulance staff, customs officials and family members of Gurpinder. The whole process was videographed.

“The report will be subjected to the findings of the CFSL, which will finally reveal the cause of death. Since the post-mortem report and the doctors associated with this case were part of the investigation, we can rule out the possibility of any physical struggle as there was no external injury on the body. Internal bleeding was there, but the cause would be known after the CFSL report,” he said.

Gurpinder was a diabetic and needed to be administered insulin twice a day. His mother Kanwaljit Kaur, who claimed to have arranged the injection dose in advance during his stay in jail, had alleged that his condition got deteriorated due to negligence of jail and hospital staff leading to delay in medical aid.

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