The Kanpur Bar Association has demanded that the probe into the alleged murder of Joint Magistrate Pratibha Gautam by her husband be handed over to the CBI. "The probe into the murder of the Joint Magistrate should be given either to the CBI or any other judicial officer," said Kanpur Bar Association head Tarunendra Kumar Bajpai. "We have also written a letter to the SSP of Kanpur in this regard," Bajpai said. The Association also demanded strict action against those who showed negligence in handling her body. "The police transported the body for autopsy in a tempo and in the post-mortem house, nobody attended to it properly.
We demand that those who carried the body in a tempo be punished," advocate Revant Mishra said. The lawyers of Kanpur had boycotted work on October 13 as a mark of protest. Gautam's body was found hanging from a fan on October 9 in her official residence. Initially, the police believed it was a case of suicide, but arrested her husband, Manu Abhishek, after the post-mortem report revealed that she was "brutally assaulted and strangled to death".
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