Every day the IITs seem to become more and more unsafe for students. If it is not the rising cases of student suicides, then there are other cases of student deaths on campus in mysterious ways.
Now in a recent move, the Calcutta High Court has ordered that an IIT Kharagpur student who passed away in 2022 be exhumed and a second post-mortem be conducted to uncover the truth behind his death.
What Did Calcutta HC Say?
On Tuesday, the Calcutta High Court ordered the exhumation and a second post-mortem examination of Faizan Ahmed an IIT Kharagpur student who passed away around 6 months ago. Ahmed was found in his hostel room dead on October 14, 2022, while he was enrolled at IIT Kharagpur located in West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district.
Justice Rajasekhar Mantha who chaired the hearing of the case stated that “The body of the victim Faizan Ahmed is ordered to be exhumed,” and added that a second autopsy examination is “vital and necessary for arriving at the truth behind his death”.
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Ahmed, a third-year student hailed from Tinsukia in Assam and was eventually buried there itself. This is being done after Ahmed’s father had requested the court that a special investigation team (SIT) be formed and further probing be done into the death of his son.
According to reports, Dr. Gupta claimed that two injury marks on the back of Ahmed’s head had not been pointed out in the first post-mortem report.
There were also some cut marks on the arms of the body that were believed to have been administered after the death of the student.
Another reason for the second post-mortem is said to be the presence of a bottle of a chemical named Emplura (sodium nitrate) found in the student’s hostel room by the police.
Sandip Bhattacharya the court-appointed amicus curiae claims that Emplura is often used to preserve meat, and so the chemical in the room and the fact that no smell was observed from the body for three days are grounds for further investigation.
Justice Mantha commented that “The presence of this chemical Emplura 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.”
The parents of the deceased student have already given their consent for the exhumation and a second post-mortem and his body will be brought from Assam back to Kolkata by the West Bengal Police.
Dr Ajoy Kumar Gupta will once against be conducted the second post-mortem, after doing the first autopsy among other doctors present. The court has been adjourned and the next hearing for the case is set for June 13th, 2023.
The post-mortem will be carried out at the state-run Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, as per the orders.
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