Strangulated, smothered, left dead for 15 hours in house: Post-mortem report of ND Tiwari's son
The post-mortem report of late politician ND Tiwari's son Rohit Shekhar revealed that he died an 'unnatural' death, Delhi Police said on Friday.
According to the post-mortem report, Rohit Shekhar's died of 'asphyxia' due to antemortem strangulation and smothering. It is suspected that the 40-year-old was likely killed by being smothered with a pillow.
Following this revelation, police registered a murder case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unknown people.
The autopsy was conducted by a medical board comprising five senior doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.
"The medical board unanimously concluded that the cause of death in this case is asphyxia as a result of strangulation and smothering. It is a sudden unnatural death, placed in the category of homicide," the head of the AIIMS's forensic department, Dr Sudhir Gupta, said.
After the autopsy, the case of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari's death, son of late Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Chief Minister ND Tiwari, was transferred to the Crime Branch on Friday, a senior officer said.
Rohit was lying dead inside his house for almost 15 hours. The report stated Rohit's time of death as 1:30 am of April 16. However, he was taken to the hospital in the evening, around 5.
The testimony of his servants and visuals from the CCTV footage revealed that Rohit came to his house on April 15 and was drunk. He slept till next day evening as no one tried to wake him up, they said.
Rohit was found unconscious with blood oozing out of his nose at 4 pm on April 16. He was declared brought dead to Max Hospital in Delhi's Saket.
The probe is focussing on the role of Rohit's family members behind his murder. Rohit's family members are under the scanner as none of them lodged a complaint with police after his death.
Apart from the domestic help, Rohit' wife and elder brother were inside the house. His mother Ujjwala Tiwari, who was admitted at Max Hospital, received a call from her house about her son being "unwell and bleeding from the nose," Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar said.
On April 16, Forensic and Crime Branch teams searched his house in South Delhi's Defence Colony to ascertain the cause of his death.
Earlier, Rohit's mother Ujjwala Tiwari had told the media that his death was natural. "His death is natural, I have no suspicion but I will reveal later what circumstances led to his death," she said.
Rohit had fought and won a long court battle with his late father to prove he was his biological son.
(-With inputs from agencies)