Mumbai waiter death: Delay in post-mortem could influence results: Experts

After delay in filing panchnama by police, forensic experts finally conduct post-mortem 

Three days after the death of Pukhrimayum Akhtar Hussain, a 35-year-old waiter who collapsed after allegedly trying 12 samples of wine at a tasting workshop held for staffers of Khar’s Italian eatery, Yellow Bar All Day, the post-mortem was finally conducted at Cooper Hospital post-mortem center, Vile Parle, on Saturday.

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Forensic experts claimed that it was the police’s delay in registering the panchnama that deferred the post-mortem, and results could be affected.

Yellow Bar all Day at Khar

Speaking to sunday mid-day, senior police inspector with Khar police station, Dattatray Bhargude, said, “We visited the crime scene along with two forensic experts on Friday evening. We have procured CCTV footage of the post-mortem.” A forensic official said, on condition of anonymity, “There was no need to wait for the punchnama to conduct the post-mortem. It should’ve been done within two hours of the incident. Delay in the post-mortem and sending viscera and other collected samples for chemical analysis can defer the results.”

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Forensic experts had told mid-day on Friday, that prima facie, the death could be due to poisoning from chemical reactions. Colleagues said Hussain had tasted around 10 different samples and had a full glass of wine. Since the death occurred in mysterious circumstances, conducting the post-mortem in time was crucial, they claim.

The Khar police have registered an Accidental Death Report.

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