Kanpur, Sep 23 (PTI) After he was in a coma at a private hospital in Rawatpur area of Kanpur in April last year, his relatives kept his body in their house for over a year.
The deceased has been identified as Vimlesh Dixit, who worked in the Income Tax Department. The incident came to light on Friday when policemen and magistrates along with health officials arrived at the man’s house to investigate a case and found the body there.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Alok Ranjan said, “Malesh Dixit died on April 22 last year, but the family was reluctant to perform the last rites as they believed Dixit was in a coma.”
“I was informed by the Income Tax authorities of Kanpur, who requested an inquiry into the matter,” he said. The CMO said that when the medical team reached their house, the family was insisting that Vimlesh was alive and in coma. After much persuasion, the family members allowed the health team to take the body to Lala Lajpat Rai (LLR) Hospital, where it was declared brought dead on medical examination.
The CMO said that a three-member team consisting of Dr. AP Gautam, Dr. Asif and Dr. Avinash has been constituted to investigate the matter and submit a report as soon as possible.
Vimlesh’s wife used to sprinkle ‘Gangajal’ on her body every morning as she hoped it would help her come out of her ‘coma’, an official said on condition of anonymity. The family had also told their neighbors that Vimlesh was in a ‘coma’, the official said. “Family members were often seen carrying oxygen cylinders home,” one of the neighbors told the police.
Police say that the body was completely decomposed. Dixit’s wife appears to be mentally challenged, an official said. Kanpur police said in a statement that the private hospital had stated in the death certificate that Vimlesh Dixit died of sudden cardiac arrest on April 22, 2021.
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