HC orders autopsy of BJP worker who died in custody

Calcutta HC orders autopsy of BJP worker who died in judicial custody 'due to torture'

The court ordered to conduct a full-fledged autopsy afresh and videograph the entire process

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The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered a second postmortem examination on the body of a man who died in judicial custody, on a prayer by his brother claiming that he was tortured in a correctional home in Purba Medinipur district where he was lodged.

The court directed that the body of Madan Ghorai alias Kalipada, who the BJP claimed to be its active worker, may be delivered by the petitioner to the state-run R G Kar Medical College and Hospital here for holding of the re-postmortem examination.

Justice Rajasekhar Mantha directed the head of the Forensic Department, R G Kar Medical College and Hospital, to conduct a full-fledged autopsy afresh and videograph the entire process.

A copy of the videography and the report of the second postmortem examination must be produced before the court on the next date of hearing on October 21, the judge said. Petitioner Swapan Ghorai submitted that his brother was accused of kidnapping a woman at Patashpur in Purba Medinipur district and was in judicial remand since September 27 following his arrest.

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The petitioner alleged before the court that Kalipada might have been tortured in custody and also claimed that he was brought to Kolkata for treatment from the correctional home in the district without the knowledge of the family.

The family was informed of his death on October 13 and was asked to collect the body from the state-run SSKM Hospital here, petitioner's lawyer Phiroze Edulji submitted.

The court said that since there are allegations of unnatural death and that too in custody, it was acceding to the request of the petitioner for a second post mortem examination.

Justice Mantha directed that after completion of the second autopsy and after preservation of relevant samples, the body may be handed over back to the family of the petitioner.