The father of the three girls who died due to starvation in east Delhi had given them some “unknown medicine”, according to a preliminary magisterial investigation.
Mangal Singh gave some “unknown medicine” to his daughters by “mixing it in hot water” during the night of July 23. He has not returned since the morning of July 24, when the sisters were found dead.
His conduct “raises an element of doubt in the matter and requires further investigation”, the report read.
Police said their teams were visiting places outside Delhi, including Noida, where Singh had worked earlier.
The police also recovered some bottles of medicines from the place they were putting up.
It also said that the girls were suffering from loose motion and vomiting which may have been due to some kind of stomach infection, but they were not provided adequate oral rehydration solution (ORS) and proper medication that might have caused dehydration.
According to the report, the “nutritional condition of the deceasedchildren was not quite well” although they were getting “some food items regularly”.
An amount of Rs 1850 was also found available in the bank account of the eldest girl who died.
The report has directed DCP (East) to conduct proper and deeper investigation.
The initial autopsy reports suggested that the minor girls died due to starvation. A medical board at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital had conducted a second autopsy at the request of the police which corroborated the first post-mortem report.
Opposition slams government
Meanwhile, Congress took out a candle march and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs met the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to highlight failures of the Aam Aadmi Party government.
Lashing out at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said the AAP had only used poor as a vote bank and when they got power, they turned insensitive to the same people.
Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken led a candle march in the Mandwali area, where the girls died.
“Under the rule of the AAP in Delhi and the BJP at the Centre, the worst sufferers are the poor and the marginalised people, who are fighting to earn two square meals a day,” Maken said.
Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta (BJP), accompanied by party MLAs met Baijal and complained against the “irregularities” related to ration cards to the latter.
“The delegation submitted to the LG that due to the mishandling of the ration system and the inability to issue new ration cards of the AAP government, Mandwali-like incidents cannot be stopped,” a statement from Gupta said.
News credit: Indiatoday