Sachan`s death: Murder case filed on family`s plea

A case of murder was on Sunday filed in the mysterious death of Deputy Chief Medical Officer YS Sachan.

Lucknow: A case of murder was on Sunday filed
in the mysterious death of Deputy Chief Medical Officer YS
Sachan in a jail here on his wife`s complaint even as a top
official called it a case of "homicide and not suicide",
discounting the UP Police theory.

"An FIR under section 302 (murder) and 120B
(criminal conspiracy) has been lodged at Gosaiganj police
station against unidentified persons on an application moved
by Sachan`s wife Malti Sachan," Deputy Inspector General of
Police Lucknow DK Thakur said.

Thakur said that the FIR was lodged on the basis of a
complaint sent by Malti Sachan to the station officer through
speed post.

The main accused in the murder of Chief Medical
Officer (Family Welfare) B P Singh, 52-year-old Sachan was
found dead under mysterious circumstances in jail hospital
toilet on Wednesday night after which the government ordered a
judicial probe into the incident and suspended five jail
staffers, including a jailor.

His post mortem report revealed nine injury marks on
the body including on neck, elbow, thigh and wrist.

The DIG maintained that "the case will be investigated
only after the judicial probe is over.... Both the probes
cannot be conducted parallelly."

Meanwhile, YS Pathak, Joint Director, UP Medico-
Legal Department, claimed that all the wounds on Sachan`s body
could not have been inflicted by him and prima facie it looked
to be a case of homicide and not suicide.

"Injury No 9 could not have been self-inflicted. It
was caused by other persons after Sachan`s death. It was
inflicted to make the case appear as suicide.

"His body was hanged to make it look like suicide. All
the wounds could not have been inflicted by Sachan himself.
Prima facie it is a case of homicide and not suicide," Pathak
said.

Alleging that Sachan was murdered, his family members
had rejected the police`s suicide theory and demanded a CBI
inquiry into the incident but it was ruled out by Mayawati
government.

The family said even though the FIR should have been
registered earlier, the authorities have now conceded that it
could be a case of murder.

"The FIR should have been registered earlier. At least
now the government has conceded that it could be a case of
murder in the FIR. Our demand for a CBI inquiry stands as
everyone knows how the police carry out investigation in this
state," the DyCMO`s brother RK Sachan said.

Sachan`s son Sankalp said, "My father was going to
reveal who killed the CMO and that is why he was murdered.

"He was killed just a day before the hearing. Why has
the state government not called for a CBI inquiry into murders
of three CMOs?." he said and alleged that some in the
government were linked to the case.

Echoing the demand for the CBI probe, the opposition
Congress and BJP expressed apprehension that registration of
the FIR could be an eyewash to "smudge" the entire case.

"It is a very preliminary step, I feel that only a CBI
inquiry can bring out the facts. Filing of FIR has no meaning
in `Maya Raj` because there are thousands of FIRs pending in
police stations in the state," UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi
said.

"The system is to give it for some sort of inquiry...
in the inquiry they smudge up the case... She (Mayawati) has
already ordered magisterial inquiry but within 2-3 days it
will again come out that it was a case of suicide," she said.

BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad claimed that it
was clear that if Sachan "opened his mouth, then the names of
several eminent people would have been revealed".

"Two cabinet ministers had resigned and a lot of
suspicious circumstances are there.... He (Sachan) was to be
present in court in two days before this happened. All this
can be examined only by a CBI inquiry, independently," he
said.

DIG Thakur said that the Chief Judicial Magistrate,
who is already conducting an inquiry on the directives of the
state government, would be informed about the FIR.

On Friday, Malti had sent an application to the DIG
asking him to lodge a case of murder.

Thakur, however, said that he hasn`t received the
application addressed to him yet.

PTI

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