NEW DELHI: The post-mortem report of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter by Gujarat police, says that he was shot five times from close range and one of the bullets went through his brain.
The post-mortem report, which has been made public for the first time through an RTI application, is an important evidence in the CBI's probe into the alleged fake encounter. It also states that the shots fired at his body were downwards in angle, suggesting that the victim was either lying or kneeling down when he was shot at. Gujarat police had claimed that Sohrabuddin was trying to escape when he was shot.
The post-mortem was conducted by a panel of five doctors of the Department of Forensic Medicine of BJ Medical College and Civil Hospital of Ahmedabad on November 26, 2005. The report was given to RTI activist Afroz Alam Sahil as part of an RTI reply recently. TOI has a copy of the post-mortem report.
The report says Sohrabuddin was shot three times on his leg and once on his upper body but probably the fatal blow was a shot to his brain that left an exit wound 1.2 cm wide in the back of his head. The post-mortem took place in the hospital at 4pm on November 26, 2005 and it was also found that 'rigor mortis' was present all over the body, suggesting that Sohrabuddin was killed at least 12 hours before his body was examined.
Sohrabuddin, along with his wife Kausarbi, was allegedly kidnapped by Gujarat ATS on November 23, 2005. He was coming to Gujarat from Hyderabad in a bus. He was allegedly killed early morning on November 26 on a highway near Ahmedabad.