Delay reveals probe problem
Patna: The deaths of three technicians at the Naturals Dairy plant in the state capital on January 31 has once again highlighted the delay in post-mortem reports.
The deaths came to light on February 1. The technicians' relatives have alleged murder while others suspect a gas leak or carbon monoxide poisoning. The police can only be sure after the post-mortem reports are available.
Sources said post-mortem reports are often delayed because of lack of coordination between the forensic medicine & toxicology department of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and the cops.
"As the post-mortem is related to an important case, on several occasions I have personally requested the PMCH principal and doctors at the forensic toxicology department but they have not provided the report yet," said deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Shibli Nomani.
Patliputra police station house officer T.N. Tiwary said: "Several times my staff have visited the hospital to get the report but it was not ready."
However, PMCH principal Vijay Kumar Gupta said the reports are ready but the police are yet to collect them.
A retired PMCH doctor said the report can be prepared in a day, but there is a staff crunch at the hospital. Cops also delay picking up the reports, the doctor added.