Death of Nimirta becomes mystery, is it murder or suicide; questions raised, cause of death “reserved in post-mortem report

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KARACHI: The death of Hindu brilliant student Nimirta Amarta Mir Chandani has become a mystery and experts and officials of the medico-legal section of the health department in Karachi have raised doubts over the initial autopsy report of Nimirta Amarta Mirchandani, questioning the authenticity of the details of her examination.

They believed that the report carried many flaws and missed key facts.

They said that the ligature mark in picture was not due to a dupatta. “It was some rope material,” said a senior official in medico-legal section, who wished not to be named. The post-mortem findings show suicide but ligature mark shows strangulation,” said the expert.

In the post-mortem report, time between death and post-mortem was 11-12 hours but the picture appeared to be about 24 hours old because decomposition signs had developed.

According to a Dawn report, the experts said that no comments had been mentioned in the post-mortem report conducted in Larkana about decomposition. Instead, it has been mentioned in the report that the condition of the body was “fresh”.

The experts said it was also questionable as to how a five-feet-tall girl managed to hang herself from the ceiling fan, which was 15 feet high.

Official sources in the medico-legal section of health department said that it would be more appropriate if a proper medical board had been constituted to conduct an autopsy of the student in Larkana or her body should have been shifted to Karachi for a post-mortem examination.

The sources said it had been observed that proper medico-legal doctors were not available in other parts of Sindh.

They revealed that a committee had been working to bring reforms in the medico-legal section across Sindh and develop a pro forma for the whole province to conduct a post-mortem examination.

The post-mortem report of the student obtained by Dawn showed that her cause of death has been “reserved till the reports from histopathology, chemical and radiological may [be] reached”.

The Sindh government on Wednesday requested the sessions court of Larkana to hold a judicial probe into the death of Nimrita Chandani, a BDS last year student at Bibi Aseefa Dental College (BADC) who was found dead in her hostel room in Larkana earlier this week.

Section Officer Aijaz Ali Bhatti wrote a letter to the district and sessions judge of Larkana, requesting that a judicial inquiry be held in the matter and submit a report to the home department within 30 days so that further action can be taken.

The letter directed Larkana’s deputy commissioner and senior superintendent of police (SSP) to “extend all possible cooperation in the [conducting] of judicial inquiry”.

Meanwhile, members of the Hindu community, civil society and political parties demanded that a joint investigation team (JIT) be formed to probe the death of Nimirta.

Protesters held rallies in Larkana and marched towards the press club, chanted slogans against BADC’s administration and demanded justice for the deceased Nimirta. The protesters expressed solidarity with the Hindu community and said that a JIT, including members of armed forces and judiciary, should be constituted in order to probe the cause of Nimirta’s death.