The cause of a middle-aged Jamshedpur resident’s death is not clear even though more than 24 hours have passed since his partially stiff body was brought to Tata Main Hospital (TMH) on Saturday by a group which immediately fled the emergency ward.
Anil Kumar Pandey (50), an employee of a Mango-based factory, was brought to the hospital by a group of youths at 11am. At first, according to hospital sources, Pandey looked sick. However, a doctor on emergency duty, who refused to be named, checked him and declared him brought dead.
By then, the motley crowd had disappeared. No one from Pandey’s family has so far turned up to claim the body.
Detailed investigation revealed that partial rigor mortis (stiffening of corpse) had set in. Doctors shifted the body to the morgue and informed the police.
Interestingly, TMH emergency ward received an anonymous call on Sunday from a male voice urging authorities not to conduct an autopsy.
When The Telegraph went to Pandey’s Jawaharnagar Road No. 4 residence on Sunday, a relative reluctantly came out and said he was suffering from a “chronic ailment”. “Please don’t ask more questions,” he said.
Quoting the youths who brought Pandey in, TMH doctors said the group had said they had first taken the man to a Mango-based nursing home prior to TMH.
“No one has come forward to give any statement to the police. We are waiting for family members to give us information,” said Umesh Kumar, assistant sub-inspector at TMH camp police station.
He added that though there was no injury mark, foul play was evident as the body had signs of rigor mortis when it arrived at the hospital. “Why was the body not brought immediately? Rigor mortis sets in four to five hours after death,” he said.
In another incident, a three-year-old boy of Lohadi village in Patamda succumbed to burns. Identified as Sudhir Mahto, he was admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital on Saturday, where he died on Sunday morning. Sudhir had fallen into a pan of boiling water, sustaining burns on face, hands and chest, said a relative.