Post mortem report reveals cause of death of Paralakhemundi ACF

Bhubaneswar: Two weeks after the death of Paralakhemundi Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) Saumya Ranjan Mohapatra under mysterious circumstances, the post mortem report of the forest officer was handed over to the family of the deceased today afternoon.

The SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack conducted the post mortem of Saumya Ranjan on July 13, 2021.

As per the post mortem report, Saumya Ranjan died due to 95% burn injuries which have been described as ante mortem in nature. It further stated the injuries could have been due to application of dry heat in the form of fire and flame. The autopsy of the forest officer was carried within six hours of his death.

Kerosene smell was coming out of the body and scalp hairs, the report added.

The Paralakhemundi Police which is investigating the ACF death case is yet to reach a conclusion about the circumstances under which Saumya Ranjan sustained burn injuries leading to his death.

A case under section 302 and 120 (b) has been registered at Paralakhemundi police station.

Family members of Saumya Ranjan had accused involvement of the deceased’s wife Bidyabharati, Gajapati DFO Sangram Keshari Behera and a cook in the forest officer death case.

But Gajapati SP Tapan Kumar Patnaik had ruled out involvement of Sangram Keshari and the cook in the ACF death case on basis of call detail records (CDR) analysis and questioning of the Gajapati DFO.

Also read: ACF Death Case: DFO Has No Relation With Bidyabharati, Says SP

Saumya Ranjan was rescued in a half-charred state at his government quarters in Paralakhemundi on July 12. He succumbed to burn injuries while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Cuttack on July 13.

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