'Anuj had marks on his neck…', court reprimanded the postmortem report in the case of shooting at Salman's house

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday expressed displeasure over the 'incomplete' post-mortem report following the death in police custody of Anuj Thapan, arrested in the firing case outside actor Salman Khan's house. A vacation bench of Justices N.R. Borkar and Somshekhar Sundaresan perused the post-mortem report and said it did not include crucial information such as a diagram of the marks found on the deceased's neck and whether there were any other injuries on the body. The bench was hearing a plea filed by Rita Devi, mother of accused Anuj Thapan. Thapan died inside the bathroom of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch lockup on May 1.

Accused Thapan's mother alleges – My son has been murdered

Police claim that Thapan has committed suicide, but his mother Rita Devi, in her petition filed in the High Court on May 3, has alleged that her son has been murdered. In the petition, Devi has requested the High Court to get her son's death investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The petition states that Thapan was beaten and tortured by the police in custody.

Details related to the death of the accused missing

On Wednesday, Additional Public Prosecutor Jayesh Yagnik submitted a preliminary report on the investigation being conducted by the state CID into Thapan's death. Yagnik also submitted Thapan's postmortem report. The court examined it and said that according to the report, the cause of death is suffocation, but some other details are missing.

The court asked – where is the mention of the marks found on the neck?

The court also said, 'Where is the mention of the mark found on the neck? Is the shape rectangular or round? Strangulation can also cause death by suffocation. It is not necessary that the reason for this was hanging.

Court said- this is not a complete postmortem report, it is incomplete

The court said that there is not a single column in the report which shows whether there were any other injuries on the body of the deceased or not. The High Court said – this is not a complete postmortem report, it is incomplete. The bench directed to hand over a copy of the report to the petitioner and posted the case for further hearing in June.

Thapan was arrested from Punjab on 26 April

For those who don't know yet, let us tell you that on April 14, two bike-borne men opened fire outside actor Salman Khan's house in Bandra, Mumbai. The accused in this case, Vicky Gupta and Sagar Pal, were arrested from Gujarat. Whereas, Thapan was arrested along with another person from Punjab on April 26. A total of six people have been arrested in this case, out of which Thapan has died. Four accused are in judicial custody and the fifth accused arrested earlier this week is in police custody.

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