AIIMS refuses to conduct autopsy on firing victims

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Jaipur, May 31 (UNI) The efforts for an early post-mortems of the bodies of victims of firing during the Gujjar agitation suffered a jolt today as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) refused to entertain Rajasthan government's request for providing a team of doctors for the autopsy.

In the reply to the state Health Department's letter in this regard, the AIIMS authorities expressed their inability to entertain the request, saying sending a team for such a purpose did not fall in the rule and procedure of the premier institute.

Conceding to Gujjar Reservation Action Committee Convener Col Kirodi Singh Bainsla's demand of conducting post-mortem of the victims by a team of doctors from AIIMS, the state government had written to AIIMS Director P Venugopal in this regard.

Col Bainsla had demanded post-mortem by AIIMS doctors, saying he had doubts over fairness of autopsy report if the same was conducted by doctors under the state government.

After the refusal, the state government has to decide on future course of action for the conduction of post-mortem on bodies which have been lying at hospitals in Jaipur and Bharatpur and at dharna sites in Pillukapura-Karwadi, Sikandara and Kushalipura(Sawai Madhipur).

An SMS Hospital spokesman said the adminsitration was yet to decide over the post-mortem.

Meanwhile, it was an incident-free day today despite bandhs and 'rasto roko' campaign continuing at about half a dozen towns in the state.

Barring one or two minor incidents, no untoward incident was reported from any place in the state, police said.

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