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Thursday , January 24 , 2013
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Body ‘rots’ in police station

Patna, Jan. 23: The identity of the five-year-old boy, who was burnt alive in the Azadpur area yesterday, may not be known ever with police leaving his body at nature’s mercy.

Criminals had allegedly strangled the boy, set him ablaze and left him on the road to die. His body, with at least 80 per cent burns and currently kept in a police vehicle on the Naubatpur police station premises, is likely to rot there only because there is no morgue in any hospital on the outskirts of Patna.

Only two medical colleges in Patna — Nalanda Medical College and Hospital and Patna Medical College of Hospital — have the facility to preserve corpses. But the idea of shifting the body to any one of the facilities did not come to the police’s mind. They said the cold spell would naturally preserve the body, until any claimant for it arrives.

The incident had occurred in the small hours yesterday when some women of the Azadpur area under the Naubatpur police station spotted the boy burning. The body was sent to Danapur Sadar Hospital for a post-mortem and the report is yet to arrive.

Deena Nath Kumar, the station house officer of Naubatpur police station, today said: “Any unidentified body has to be kept for at least 72 hours. The boy’s body, wrapped properly, has been kept in a vehicle on the police station premises. The Danapur hospital does not have a morgue. Under such circumstances, we can’t do anything. Moreover, the weather is cold and we hope that the body will not decompose soon.”

Patna senior superintendent of police Amrit Raj said he would have to check details. Former DGP and Bihar Human Rights Commission member Neel Mani said: “Such things should not happen. But one cannot blame the police only.”