Sambalpur case takes a new turn

‘Death due to ‘severe pressure’ on chest’

Published - January 13, 2018 11:13 pm IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

The investigation into the mysterious death of Shreyas Kesharwani, an Intermediate student of a corporate college in Visakhapatnam, took a turn, as the post-mortem report revealed some critical elements that increase the suspicion that he suffered injuries that might have eventually led to his death.

Shreyas (16) reportedly sustained injuries in the hostel in the college after allegedly being beaten up by three or four other inmates, had died while undergoing treatment in Rourkela, on January 6.

Public outrage

After public outrage in Sambalpur, a case was registered at the Govindpur police station and the case was later handed over to the PM Palem police in Visakahpatnam for investigation.

A team from PM Palem Police led by Inspector M. Lakshmana had left for Bhubaneswar on Thursday to investigate the case and as per sources the team was told about the initial findings in the autopsy.

It is learnt that the post-mortem report has revealed that the main cause of death was ‘severe pressure’ on the chest. As per the police, the report suggested that there was contusion (bruises) in the heart, pulmonary effusion and blood clot inside lungs.

Going by the report and from years of experience that we have, it suggests that the boy was injured. But how he sustained the injuries is what we have to investigate. It is too early to speculate anything, said a senior police officer in Visakhapatnam.

Shreyas, son of Shailesh Kesharwani of Garposh under Bamara block in Sambalpur district, died while undergoing treatment. He was taken away by his parents, after they received a call that he was sick.

It is learnt that in the dying statement to his parents, he had mentioned that he was ragged and beaten up by three to four students.

FIR copy

After receiving the FIR copy from the Govindpur Police station in Odisha, the PM Palem police had taken up the investigation.

The police had questioned the students who were named by Shreyas, but they pleaded innocence and said Shreyas had slipped in the bathroom and sustained injuries.

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