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Farmer death in Tractor Rally: Delhi HC orders AAP govt to set up Medical Board

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New Delhi, Mar 17 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today directed the Health department of AAP government to set up a board of experts to examine the X-Ray report of the 25-year-old farmer, who allegedly died due to the overturning of his tractor during the Farmers Tractor Rally on January 26.

“The board shall be constituted by the Secretary of the Health Department of Delhi government,” ordered Justice Yogesh Khanna.

It also asked the doctors from Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) to prepare the X-Ray report from the original X-Ray plate, which has been received by Delhi Police from the UP Police.

The bench further went on to direct that after the report is prepared, the same shall be examined by the board, comprising medical and forensic experts and a radiologist, among others.

The court fixed the matter for further hearing on April 14. While the matter was being heard, Delhi government Standing Counsel (Criminal) Rahul Mehra, along with Advocate Chaitanya Gosain, submitted that they have shown CCTV footages to the family members and lawyers of victim Navreet Singh.

Justice Khanna passed the order on a petition filed by Hardeep Singh, grandfather of the 25-year-old man, who died after his tractor overturned at Central Delhi’s ITO during the tractor parade on the Republic Day, seeking a court-monitored SIT probe into the incident.

Earlier on March 4, the High Court had asked the Uttar Pradesh police to hand over the X Ray plate and the video of the post mortem of Navreet Singh, the farmer who lost his life due to overturning of his tractor during the farmers tractor rally on January 26 this year.

“Let the requisite documents – the X Ray plate and the video of post mortem be handed over to the IO of Delhi Police,” the court said. Justice Khanna further directed the Delhi police to hand over a copy of the Video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the inquest report to the petitioner.

The petitioner also sought enforcement of his right to fair investigation and justice as well as the right to know the truth about his grandson’s death.

According to the police, the man had died as his tractor overturned at ITO, where many farmers participating in the parade had reached from the Ghazipur border, after taking a detour from the pre-agreed route for the march.

However, the petition said that as per eye-witness accounts reported in the media, Navreet was driving his tractor past the Andhra Education Society in New Delhi, and he was allegedly shot by policemen, due to which he lost control of his tractor, which thereafter collided with some barricades and overturned.

It also sought a direction that the SIT shall file periodic status reports before the court to ensure a time bound court monitored investigation.

In the status report, both the Delhi Police and the Uttar Pradesh Police clearly stated that the deceased farmer did not suffer any gunshot wounds.

The police of the two states have made the submission relying upon the post-mortem and X-Ray reports, given by the District Hospital at Rampur in UP, which prima facie state that “there was no gunshot injury in the body of the deceased”.

Delhi Police has said that according to the post-mortem report, the young farmer died due to head injury as a result of the accident and all his injuries were possible in a road accident. ILNS/ANB/JR

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