Lucknow: The mystery over the death of a top medical officer in jail deepened on Thursday with a post-mortem revealing nine injuries on his body even as opposition parties and his family cried foul and demanded a CBI probe alleging it was "murder".

Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh giving details of the report of the autopsy on the body of deputy Chief Medical Officer Y S Sachan said the death was caused by "excessive bleeding" and that prima facie it was a case of suicide.

"Prima facie it's a case of suicide, but as judicial inquiry is being conducted into the incidents the facts will come out soon. As the judicial inquiry has already started it is not appropriate to reach any conclusion," he said, rejecting the demand for a CBI probe.

In the autopsy, nine injury marks were detected on the body--neck, elbows, thigh and left wrist--besides a strangulation mark on the neck. The post-mortem was conducted within 24 hours after his body was found, Singh said.

"A sharp blade, which Sachan probably used to slit his veins was recovered from the spot and has been taken as the evidence," he said.

Sachan was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the toilet of the Lucknow jail hospital last night with the police claiming it to be a case of suicide.

The Opposition alleged that Sachan, the main accused in CMO B P Singh murder case, was "murdered" to save two former ministers of the Mayawati government and those involved
in the killing of two Chief Medical Officers.

The state government besides ordering a judicial inquiry and suspended the jailor and four other staffers.

"Excessive bleeding is the cause of death in the postmortem. The viscera of Sachan has also been preserved", Singh said.

The Cabinet Secretary said the post-mortem was conducted by a panel of five doctors in the presence of Sachan's family members at mortuary premises and the entire procedure was videographed.

"In fact the "panchnama" of Dr Sachan done by a magistrate last night was also videographed," Singh said, adding that on the request of the DyCMO's family the post-
mortem was carried out on Thursday morning and not in the night itself.

Ruling out a CBI inquiry into death of CMO BP Singh, the cabinet secretary said there was no reason as of now to order a CBI probe.

"All the accused of Singh's murder have not only been arrested but they have also confessed to the crime. Sachan's death is subsequent to the crime", he said.

Singh said that Sachan was arrested on April 5 after large scale anomalies were detected in implementation of NRHM funds after which court granted his police custody remand on
April 8 and April 13 but he could not be interrogated both the times due to heart pain.

On Jun 10, during 24 hour police custody remand Sachan is said to have told police that Dr BP Singh was after him due to NRHM scams and later on Jun 17 STF arrested three shooters
hired by him to eliminate Singh.

Subsequent to the arrest of shooters, the police had applied for the remand of Sachan on Jun 22 on which hearing was to be done today but in the meantime he died.

When asked how Sachan reached first floor of bathroom to hang himself for suicide after cutting his veins on wrist, neck, elbows and thigh, the Cabinet Secretary merely said that
a probe was underway.

Singh said Sachan was found missing from his jail hospital bed at about 8 pm last night during a head count after which a search was launched to trace him.

Sachan's family too has alleged that he was murdered and demanded a CBI probe. The brother of Deputy Chief Medical Officer Y S Sachan, who allegedly committed suicide inside jail, has demanded a CBI probe into his death.

"I want a CBI probe into the murder of my brother...He has been murdered", R K Sachan, elder brother of the Deputy CMO, told reporters.

"Have you ever heard of anyone hanging from his belt...My brother was innocent", he said.

Five jail staff suspended


The jailor and four other prison staffers were suspended in connection with the
mysterious death of Y S Sachan in Lucknow Jail.

"Jailor of the Lucknow Jail, a Deputy Jailor, a head constable jail guard and two guards have been placed under suspension on charges of dereliction of duty," an official spokesman said here.

He said that based on the preliminary report, a departmental inquiry has also been ordered against the suspended staffers.

Sachan was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside the Lucknow district jail hospital last night after which the government ordered a judicial probe into the incident.

"According to Jail Superintendent B S Mukund and doctor V P Tripathi, Y S Sachan was found dead in the toilet of the hospital," Inspector General of Jail V K Gupta had said.

"Prima facie, it seems to be a case of suicide and postmortem is being conducted," Gupta said.

BJP supports CBI probe demand

BJP demanded a CBI probe into the death in Lucknow jail of main accused in the killing
of the senior medical official suspecting that "he might have been murdered" last night to stop him from naming many high-ups.

"It is a case of murder and not of suicide. We demand that a proper CBI inquiry be done in the suspicious death of Dr Yogendra Singh Sachan. It is a very serious matter and we need to honestly investigate the matter", said BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad.

He said, "CBI should carry out an honest and transparent probe in the suspicious death of Sachan in a time-bound manner so that all the facts are known".

Cong cries foul


Meanwhile, Congress also cried foul over the mysterious death of the top medical officer in
Lucknow jail and suspected that he might have been murdered.

"He (Sachan) was arrested and last night, according to the government, he committed suicide, but as per circumstances it does not look like that it was a suicide. May be the
persons, who killed Dr (Vinod) Arya (CMO) and Dr Singh, also have murdered Dr Sachan," Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said.

The Congress leader said the party had demanded a CBI probe into the death of Dr Arya, but "nothing happened" and even in Dr Singh's case, no security was provided to him.

"Dr Arya was shot dead. We demanded CBI probe, but nothing has happened. Four months later Dr B P Singh was killed, even when he had filed a complaint with the police stating threat to his life and demanded security - but no security was provided. Rahul Gandhi ji himself sought information on this through RTI."

JPN/Agencies