Comrade Govind Pansare amar rahe! Comrade Pansare ko lal salam! Comrade Pansare ka adhura kaam hum pura karenge! These were some of the slogans shouted by hundreds of Communist Party of India (CPI) followers as they collected the mortal remains of party leader Govind Pansare from the JJ Post Mortem Centre on Saturday morning.
CPI supporters chant slogans in praise of late Govind Pansare. Pics/Shadab Khan
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, too, visited the post-mortem centre and spent a few minutes with Dr TP Lahane, dean of JJ Group of hospitals, discussed the circumstances that led to Pansare’s demise.
Sharad Pawar in his car after meeting Dr Lahane, the dean of JJ Hospital
Dr Lahane told sunday mid-day, “Pansare was responding to treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of Breach Candy. I returned to JJ Hospital at 8 pm from there when at around 9.45 pm, I received a call from Breach Candy and was informed that the ventilator tube connected to Pansare had got blocked. His right lung was not working due to the bullet injury. I rushed there to find a team of doctors trying their best to revive him. At around 10.45 pm, he had a cardiac arrest.”
While the size of a normal human lung is around 300 gms, Dr Lahane informed that in this case, the weight of the lung had gone upto 1,300 gms because of fluid accumulation.
Sources attached to the hospital said that his body was brought to the post-mortem centre around 3 am. A team of three forensic surgeons attached to the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Grant Medical College, conducted the autopsy which started at 7 am and went on for nearly an hour. They have preserved his organs for further tests. Though the final cause of death will be submitted after the reports are received, the preliminary findings suggest that death was due to “complications followed by fire arm injury, (unnatural).”
Pansare’s daughter-in-law Megha and his son in law were present at the mortuary to claim the body. A local undertaker from Byculla was assigned the task to transport the body to Mumbai airport from where it was taken to Kolhapur in a private aircraft.