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Conduct post-mortem in case of any suspected starvation death:

Press Trust of India  |  Jamshedpur 

government has instructed all district magistrates and deputy commissioners to make post-mortem mandatory, in case any suspected starvation death was reported in their district, a senior state said today.

Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister, Saryu said his department has sent a letter directing all district administrations to conduct post-mortem, in case any suspected starvation death was reported in their district.

Referring the death of due to alleged starvation in district on June 2, said she died of "some other reason but certainly not starvation".

The said a two-member team comprised of joint secretary of his department, and additional director, were asked to submit a report after thorough investigation in the incident.

Based on the report submitted by the two-member team, said Savitri Devi's death was caused by "some other reason", which needs to be looked into, but certainly not due to starvation.

The victims two sons are working outside and their statement has been recorded, he said adding that even the family members of the victim had given in writing that they did not want post-mortem to be conducted on the body when the suggested for it.

No one from Savitri Devis family had applied for a ration card, he said adding that she had even undergone treatment in (RIMS), Ranchi.

On this basis, we have asked all the district administrations to make post-mortem mandatory, in case of any suspected starvation death was reported.

Without naming any political party, Roy said some forces have tried to propagate Savitri Devis death due to "starvation", which was unfortunate and a conspiracy to defame the image of the

About another suspected starvation death in Itkhori in district early this month, Roy said the post-mortem on the victim had been conducted and a report in this regard was yet to come.

The victim was from adjoining and had came to Itkhori a fortnight before she died, he said claiming that the son of the victim had even admitted that her mother was a patient of tuberculosis.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 20:05 IST