Court orders probe into Tihar inmate`s death
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 13:52
New Delhi: Censuring doctors of Tihar Jail for their alleged "insensitivity" in treating ailing inmates, a Delhi court has ordered city police to probe the death of a prisoner and ascertain if there was any negligence in providing medicare.

"This is a shocking state of affairs which shows insensitivity of the treating doctors at Tihar Jail, which led to the termination of a valuable human life and as such, the family of the deceased was deprived of the comfort and consortium of its loved one," chief metropolitan magistrate Vinod Yadav said, while ordering Hari Nagar Police to probe convict Bhagwan Singh's death in August 2010.

The court asked Hari Nagar station house officer to register a FIR in the matter on the basis of inquest report by metropolitan magistrate Vandana Jain, who had opined that if diagnosed earlier, the life of convict could have been saved.

An inquest had been ordered into Singh's death last August. The jail inmate had died of infection in his various vital organs.

Magistrate Jain, in her inquest report noted that a panel of three senior doctors, which had done the postmortem at Deen Dayal Upadhayay Hospital here, opined that the manner of death was "unnatural".

Doctors had further said the diagnosis was delayed due to the "negligent attitude" of the treating doctors at Tihar.

The magistrate, in her report, had noted that the convict was not attended by Tihar doctors for more than five hours due to which his condition deteriorated and he ultimately died.

"In this (inquest) report (by the magistrate), the negligent and laxity of treating doctors of central jail, Tihar have been emphasised," the CMM noted.

The court has now asked the Hari Nagar police to investigate the matter and file the status report to the concerned court.


First Published: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 13:52

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