Record Autopsy of Those Killed in Delhi Violence: HC to Hospitals

High court on Thursday directed the police to publish on its official website details of all unidentified bodies.

2 min read
Violence erupted in northeast Delhi late in February.

The high court on Friday, 6 March, directed all the hospitals to videograph post-mortem of those killed during the communal violence in northeast Delhi last week.

A bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and IS Mehta directed the authorities to preserve the DNA samples of all the bodies and not to dispose of any unidentified body till Wednesday, 11 March the next date of hearing.

The directions came while hearing a habeas corpus plea by a man seeking the whereabouts of his brother-in-law who went missing during the riots over the amended citizenship law which left at least 44 people dead and over 200 injured.

During the hearing, the court was informed by the police that the body of the missing person, Hamza, was recovered from a drain at Gokulpuri on Monday, 2 March and his post-mortem would be conducted during the day at the RML Hospital.

The high court had Thursday directed the police to publish on its official website details of all unidentified bodies, brought to government hospital mortuaries following the riots in northeast Delhi, along with their photographs.

The court had also directed the police, represented by Delhi government standing counsel (Criminal) Rahul Mehra and advocate Chaitanya Gosain, to make "all out efforts" to locate and produce Hamza before it.

During the hearing, Mehra had told the court that the Delhi government will facilitate the petitioner Ansari Mohammed Arif to visit all the hospital mortuaries where bodies of people who died in the riots have been placed.

"The Delhi Police is also directed to publish the details of all the unidentified dead bodies that are lying in the various hospital mortuaries both under the control of the Centre and the Delhi government along with photographs and other details, including specifics of post-mortem and DNA samples, on their official website," the court had said.

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!