29-year-old Awantipora school teacher Rizwan Asad Pandith might have died of ‘multiple injures’ in the police custody, a media report said on Thursday.
Quoting from initial post-mortem findings, The Indian Express reported that Rizwan died because of “extravasation of blood”, the leakage of blood from a vessel into the surrounding tissues, caused by multiple injuries.
“The blood loss in soft tissues due to multiple injuries was extensive internally, and this must have led to irreversible shock. There was no blunt injury or damage to the internal organs,” said the report.
Quoting an official privy to the findings, the report said that Pandith had cuts and injuries all over his body. He also had a haematoma (a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues) in his left arm and eye.
The official quoted in the news report has ruled out a heart attack saying that a “roller” may have been applied over his legs, causing the veins and arteries to rupture.
The government has said that the magisterial inquiry is being conducted by the district authorities in Pulwama.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal has told a news agency that the magisterial inquiry would be conducted by ADC, Srinagar.