Guwahati: The Calcutta High Court has directed the Kharagpur police to include Section 302 in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur student Faizan Ahmed’s death case.
Seven months after Faizan Ahmed, who was found dead in his hostel in October last year, body was exhumed from a cemetery in Assam for a second autopsy to arrive at the truth behind the death.
The HC has ordered to conducted a second postmortem by a court-appointed forensic expert.
As per sources, after receiving the second autopsy report, the court order said that it was a homicide and that in the next hearing it would be decided who would be investigating the matter.
However, the court has so far not allowed IIT Kharagpur to get a copy of the autopsy, sources added.
Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code deals with the punishment for murder. It prescribes the punishments that are awarded to the offenders for specific crimes that they commit. The main point of consideration for the Court is the intention and motive of the accused in murder cases.
On October 14, 2022, Twenty-three-year-old Faizan Ahmed, a third-year mechanical engineering student at IIT Kharagpur, was found dead in room C-205 of the institute’s Lala Lajpat Rai hostel. He was last seen three days before, on 11 October.
The first post-mortem was conducted a day after the body was discovered, on 15 October. Though police have filed two FIRs in the case, the accused are currently out on bail.
Residents of Assam’s Tinsukia district, Faizan’s family moved Calcutta High Court last year, dissatisfied with the police investigation and alleged cover-up attempt by IIT Kharagpur to safeguard the institute’s reputation.