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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Police: no foul play in youth’s death during Hazare’s fast

The city police on Monday told a Delhi court that no foul play was detected in the death of a 21-year-old youth, Sandeep, who was found unconscious at Ramlila Maidan during activist Anna Hazare’s fast there and was admitted to a nearby hospital where he breathed his last the next day.

The police made the submission before Metropolitan Magistrate Tyagita Singh in its second status report on its probe into a complaint by Haryana resident Satbir Singh who had accused Mr. Hazare and his team of instigating people against the government during Mr. Hazare’s 13-day anti-graft fast at Ramlila Maidan between August 16 and 29.

The police filed its second status report in compliance with the court’s September 19 order.

“The statements of the family members of the deceased were taken. They have not revealed any doubt in the death of the deceased. No foul play is noticed in his death,” the police said in its report.

In the status report, the Kamla Market police station in-charge said Sandeep was brought from Ramlila Maidan, the venue of the fast, and was admitted in LNJP hospital on August 23 in an unconscious state.

Sandeep died the next day during treatment and his relatives were informed about it, the police said.

Referring to medical reports of Sandeep, police said that “the death summary of deceased revealed the cause of death is complicated malaria.”

The report also mentioned about permissions granted by the city police and Municipal Corporation of Delhi to Team Anna for holding the fast.

Regarding Mr. Singh’s allegations that Mr. Hazare and his team “instigated” public through their speeches at Ramlila ground, the police said “on receipt of date and time of speeches from complainant, the recording from the media will be taken accordingly to proceed further in the inquiry.”

The court listed the matter for further hearing on October 21.


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