Lakhimpur Kheri: The Uttar Pradesh Health
Department accountant Mahendra Sharma, who was found murdered
in his home, was smothered to death, said the autopsy report.
Ante-mortem smothering has been stated to be the cause
of the death and six injuries were also detected on his body,
Additional Superintendent of Police Rajiv Malhotra said.
The post mortem was conducted by a panel of three
doctors and the entire process was videographed, he said.
With Sharma`s death, the NRHM scam in the state turned
murkier as he became the fifth victim in the last one year
after the alleged bungling of over Rs.10,000 crore of central
UP police found the body of Sharma lying in a pool of
blood with severe injuries on his head and face, from the
Pasgawan health centre area in Lakhimpur Kheri district last
52-year-old Sharma has been reported missing since
February 7, police said.