Mumbai: The death of Faiz Usmani in a
hospital after being questioned in connection with July 13
serial blasts here prima facie appeared due to natural causes,
said Dr T P Lahane, Dean of Government-run J J Hospital where
the post mortem was performed.
The final report was yet to be prepared and viscera and
other organs have been sent to laboratory for chemical
analysis, Lahana said.
Preliminary post mortem report suggested that Usmani had
suffered a heart attack yesterday but this was not the first
time. Earlier too, he had suffered heart attack, Dr Lahane
90 grams of blood clot was found in his brain. Also, no
injury marks were found on Usmani`s body, he said.
Usmani, brother of alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) member
Afzal Usmani, who is currently lodged in jail for his role in
the 2008 Gujarat blasts, was picked up for questioning on July
16 by Chembur`s Crime Branch unit and was taken to a hospital
at Sion at around 5:50 PM as he was not feeling well.
He died at 1:30 AM yesterday while undergoing treatment
for hemiparesis and hypertension in Lokmanya Tilak Hospital,
Usmani`s family alleged he was tortured in custody, a
charge denied by Mumbai Police.
Maharashtra DGP Ajit Parasnis had ordered a CID inquiry
into his death.