निरुपमा पाठक की हत्‍या हुई थी : फोरेंसिक रिपोर्ट

पाठक परिवार चाहे जितना भी खुद को बेदाग़ साबित करने की कोशिश करे लेकिन निरुपमा की मौत से जुड़े परिस्थितिजन्य साक्ष्य चीख चीख कर कह रहे हैं कि उसकी ह्त्या की गयी थी। झारखंड की सरकारी फोरेंसिक प्रयोगशाला की प्राथमिक जांच रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक नीरू की ह्त्या की गयी थी। अंग्रेजी दैनिक “टाइम्स ऑफ इंडिया” ने राज्य पुलिस के सूत्रों के हवाले से बताया है कि पाठक परिवार के दावे के मुताबिक़ जिस पंखे से निरुपमा पाठक की लाश लटकती हुई पायी गयी थी, वह अपने “पर्फेक्ट शेप” यानी वास्तविक आकार में ही है। रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक अगर नीरू ने सचमुच ख़ुदकुशी की होती तो पंखे के ब्लेड और दूसरे पुर्जों को कुछ नुकसान जरूर हुआ होता। यह रिपोर्ट राज्य के पुलिस महानिदेशक को सौंप दी गयी है। हालांकि डीजीपी एन अहमद ने अखबार से कहा है कि इस बात की पूरी संभावना है कि यह हत्‍या का मामला है लेकिन पुलिस को किसी नतीजे पर पहुंचने के लिए अभी और सबूतों की जरूरत है।

Nirupama was killed, says forensic report
Sanjay Ojha & Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN

Ranchi/New Delhi: A preliminary report submitted by the Jharkhand State Forensic Science Laboratory to the state director general of police and additional director general (crime investigation) has concluded that Delhibased journalist Nirupama Pathak was murdered.

Sources in the state police said the forensic report points out that the fan which the family claimed Nirupama used to hang herself was found to be in perfect shape. If the 23-year-old had hanged herself from the fan, it would have caused some damage to the blades and other parts.

Murder a possibility but more evidence is needed: Top cop

Ranchi/New Delhi: The forensic report into the death of Nirupama Pathak says that in case of suicide the ligature marks around the neck should have been vertical, but were horizontal in her case. The claims of the family members that she ended her life by hanging from the ceiling fan cannot be believed, said a police officer quoting the forensic report.

DGP (Jharkhand) Neyaz Ahmed told TOI he had received the forensic report and another report from the SP (Koderma). ‘‘We have negated some theories though other options are open. Murder is a serious possibility but we will arrive at a conclusion after we get more evidence,’’ he said.

Nirupama died under mysterious circumstances at her family home in Koderma district of Jharkhand on April 29. She was in love with a Delhi-based journalist but her family had opposed the match as the boy was from a ‘lower’ caste. While her family members claimed that the threemonth pregnant journalist committed suicide the postmortem report prepared by doctors at a local hospital stated that she was murdered. However, experts at AIIMS Delhi raised doubts over the postmortem report, saying it had many flaws.

The forensic report, however, does not mention other evidence collected by the police from Delhi and Koderma which were also forwarded to the laboratory for examination.

Meanwhile, Sudha Pathak, mother of Nirupama who was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days on May 3 was produced in the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Koderma, after her 14-day police custody period expired. Judge N K Agarwal rejected Sudha’s bail petition and remanded her to judicial custody till May 21.

Meanwhile, Sudha’s counsel Arun Mishra said he had met the Jharkhand police chief to seek a ‘‘fair probe’’ into the case. ‘‘I met Neyaz Ahmad and requested him for a fair investigation. At the moment, the probe seems to be indicting Nirupama’s family members for her death,’’ Mishra told TOI on phone.

‘‘There are ambiguities in the postmortem report. One of the doctors who conducted the postmortem says that he is a novice and had never conducted an autopsy before,’’ he added.

The lawyer alleged that Nirupama’s boyfriend was taking advantage of being a journalist and was influencing the probe.

‘‘We want a fair probe. If the probe finds anyone guilty, then that person should be punished. The investigation should not be done with prejudices,’’ Mishra said.

With inputs from Abhijit Sen in Hazaribagh

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