Naba Das assassination: Postmortem report reveals cause of death

Bhubaneswar: The postmortem report of slain Odisha Health Minister Naba Das suggests that he died due to cardiogenic shock as a result of firearm injuries, said the Crime Branch.

“Das’ death is homicidal in nature,” said a Crime Branch official quoting the postmortem report.

The Crime Branch today took accused Gopal Das on four-day remand for further interrogation, added the official.

“Inspection of Das’ vehicle and the crime spot is continuing with the assistance of scientific officer and ballistic experts using FARO 3-D scanner. Our officials are now questioning the accused,” he said.

A Crime Branch team led by a DSP is examining the witnesses, including the supporters of the departed leader present at the crime spot on January 29.

Another team of the Crime Branch has been assigned the task to verify the medical record and financial dealings of accused Gopal Das, said the official.

“Steps are being taken to conduct Forensic Psychological Assessment and Layered Voice Analysis tests of the accused by experts of the CFSL, New Delhi. The Crime Branch ADG is personally monitoring and supervising the investigation of the case,” he added.

It is worth mentioning here that accused Gopal Das, an ASI of Odisha Police, opened fire on Naba Das during an event at Brajarajnagar on January 29. Das was airlifted to a private hospital here in a critical condition. Das succumbed to his injuries on the same day.

A day later, ASI Gopal Das was dismissed from service.

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