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PGIMER Doctors conduct second autopsy on gangster Jaipal’s body

Absconding gangster Jaipal Bhullar who was killed in a police encounter in Kolkata on June 9, 2021. Photo: DPR/Punjab

Chandigarh, June 22 (MNN) A panel of five doctors on Tuesday conducted a second post-mortem on the body of slain gangster Jaipal Bhullar at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here.

The process was also videotaped, Jaipal’s father BS Bhullar said. He refused to comment when asked if he was satisfied with the whole process.

A PGIMER representative said late on Tuesday night that the autopsy report had been compiled and a copy of the same supplied to the family.

After the post-mortem, the family took the body preserved in a deep freezer in a truck to their native town Ferozepur in the evening.  The cremation would be done at Dashmesh Nagar on Wednesday afternoon.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on Monday directed for the second post-mortem at the PGIMER on the family’s plea.

“The Kolkata Police did not show us the body. Neither were we given the copy of the FIR or the post-mortem report,” he told the media outside the PGIMER mortuary.

On June 17, after failing to get any relief on his plea for a second autopsy from the High Court, Jaipal’s father had said that he would approach the Supreme Court.

The apex court had later directed the High Court to look into the plea for another post-mortem. Subsequently, directions were issued to the authorities to ensure the body of Jaipal was preserved.

The High Court had earlier asked Jaipal’s father to approach the Supreme Court since the matter pertained to another state (West Bengal).

The family had initially planned to cremate the body, but did not after they claimed they found that Jaipal’s body bore torture marks, including fractured bones in the shoulder, ribs, and wrist.

Jaipal’s father had said that they had got the body embalmed and kept in an air-conditioned container while the family fought a court battle to secure another post-mortem as they suspected torture before he was killed in an alleged staged encounter.

Jaipal — the main accused in the killing of Punjab CIA ASIs Bhagwan Singh and Dalwinderjit Singh on May 15 – was killed along with an accomplice in West Bengal capital Kolkata on June 9 afternoon.

Punjab Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta had told a press conference here that gangsters turned drug smugglers Jaipal of Ferozepur and Jaspreet Singh alias Jassi of Kharar were shot dead by West Bengal Police Special Task Force after they fired on the police during a raid at their rented apartment.

Police had announced rewards of Rs 10 lakh and Rs five lakh for the arrest of Jaipal and Jaspreet respectively after the two CIA Assistant Sub-Inspectors were shot dead in the Jagraon grain market on May 15.

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