IIT Student Faizan’s Death: Hand Over Probe to CBI, Mamata Urged

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 A second post-mortem of the exhumed body revealed a gunshot wound on the upper left side of Faizan’s neck and a stab wound on the right side of his neck.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has requested his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee to hand over the investigation into the death of IIT-Kharagpur student Faizan Ahmed – a native of Assam – to the CBI.

Two years after Faizan Ahmed’s semi-decomposed body was found in a hostel on October 14, 2022, the latest forensic report has claimed that the 23-year-old mechanical engineering student was allegedly murdered.

In his letter to the chief minister on Monday, Sarma wrote that in the interest of justice, the case should be transferred to the CBI, media reports reaching here on Tuesday said.

Faizan’s parents have also raised questions over the nature of investigations into the death and went to court.

In 2022, days before Faizan’s body was found, his family had said their son was killed. It was only after the second post-mortem was ordered by the Calcutta High Court and conducted at the Kolkata Police Morgue on May 27, 2023, it was revealed that the right temporal bone of Faizan’s skull was missing, and it matched the still photographs from the day his body was found in a decomposed state.

The report ruled out poisoning, which had been previously suspected in an earlier report.

The Calcutta High Court had ordered Faizan’s body to be exhumed from Dibrugarh to carry out a forensic examination by a court-appointed expert, Dr Ajay Gupta, a retired professor of forensic medicine and technology. Dr Gupta, tasked with examining Faizan’s post-mortem reports and ascertaining the cause and manner of his death, found that there was a gunshot wound on the upper left side of Faizan’s neck and a stab wound on the right side of his neck.

“During the post-mortem, we found that there were some gaps in the skull ball, which corroborated with the blood. From the presence of the findings, I gave the opinion that it was due to a profuse haemorrhage leading to shock. It was antimortem homicidal in nature. In all probability, enough injuries are called on the upper part of the neck. They concluded the second opinion that there was a contact gunshot over the front of the upper part of the north below the left angle of the lobe of the left ear. Gunshot in this area amounts to murder,” Dr Gupta was quoted by media reports as saying.

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