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Court Orders Fresh Autopsy Into Death Of IIT-Kharagpur Student

Court Orders Fresh Autopsy Into Death Of IIT-Kharagpur Student

West Bengal: Faizan Ahmed, 23, an IIT-Kharagpur student was found dead in the hostel room on October 14 last year.

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Calcutta High Court on IIT-Kharagpur student death case.(Representational image)

Calcutta High Court on Wednesday ordered fresh autopsy into the death case of an IIT-Kharagpur student, who was found dead in October 2022.

According to the NDTV report, the court has ordered that the dead body of a student must be exhumed.

Faizan Ahmed, 23, was found dead in the hostel room on October 14 last year. 

IIT-Kharagpur had said it was a case of suicide. However, Ahmed’s family had alleged that he had been killed.

The court as per report said second post-mortem is "vital and necessary for arriving at the truth".

"The body of the victim has been buried as per Muslim rites at Assam. Let the body of the victim Faizan Ahmed is ordered to be exhumed," the report quoted Justice Rajasekhar Mantha s having said. 

"The investigating officer in the matter shall coordinate with the Assam Police and ensure that the body and/or remains are exhumed, brought to Kolkata by the State Police and fresh post mortem is conducted," he added.

The court said the student's family had consented to the exhumation of the body, said the report.

The court cited key findings noted by Sandip Bhattacharya, amicus curiae, in a report in the matter.

"Firstly, that there are two visible injury marks, otherwise medically called Haematoma, on the back of the head of the victim and the marks have been confirmed by Sandip Kumar Bhattacharya, Ld. Amicus Curae. The original post mortem report does not mention the same," the report quoted high court as having said.

"It is submitted by Mr. Bhattacharya that sodium nitrate a yellowish powder is normally used to  preserve meat," the court added.

"It is submitted that when a body decomposes, it is impossible that the fellow inmates of the hostel would not be able to detect it. There was mysteriously no smell from the body for 3 days. The presence of this chemical Emplura (Sodium Nitrate) opens up serious questions as regards the time of death and whether it may have been used to preserve the body after the death of the victim," Justice Mantha added.

"This order should not be construed as casting any aspersions on the State police since they have proceeded primarily on the post-mortem report given to them. It is expected that the aforesaid exercise is conducted and completed within a period of one month from date," it said.

The high court had earlier pulled up the director of IIT-Kharagpur, located in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal, in the matter.

The court had, on December 1, reprimanded him for not acting on a ragging complaint, which was followed by the student's death.

Coming down heavily on the authorities' handling of the incident, the bench had said, "Is this how a director of a premier institute behaves?"