After the mutilated body of the Rohtak gangrape victim was brought to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) for postmortem on May 11, the police mentioned it as being the body of an “unknown male”.

According to an Indian Express report, starvation was recorded as the possible cause of death in the PGIMS register. Raising doubts, an official source of the Indian Express at the PGIMS said, “How can they mention starvation as cause of death when it was a clear case of brutal murder. Not only this, in the inquest papers for autopsy, police termed it as a body of a mad woman.”

The victim’s body was brought to the hospital by police at 2.15 pm on May 11, however, the postmortem was conducted at 4:15 pm on May 12. “The doctors conducted the post-mortem after 26 hours after the police submitted inquest papers,” said the official. Asked about the allegation, Haryana DGP BS Sandhu said some of them were true.

Sandhu said that Rohtak IGP Navdeep Singh Virk will probe the matter and if any negligence is found on the part of policemen, then action will be taken against them.

Defending his team, SP Rohtak Pankaj Nain said that the word (male) was mentioned by mistake and that it wasn’t an official document but just a register of the PGIMS.

“The statement related to the starvation and other description of the body was mentioned by a local and not by the police,” he added.

While the body was found near the Industrial Model Township in Urban Estate in Rohtak on May 11, a PGIMS official claimed that FSL experts, who had inspected the crime scene, submitted their report to PGIMS on May 14 evening. This delayed the detailed post-mortem report by at least three days, said Nain.

According to sources, PGIMS doctors were not asked to accompany the team to inspect the crime scene. Nain has however claimed there was no delay in submission of the FSL report and that they don’t take PGIMS doctors for inspection of the scene of crime.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said hearing of the case will be in a fast-track court.