"Sarabjit was attacked by multiple people, with the clear motive of murder" commented Dr Gurmanjit Rai HoD Medicine department, Forensic of Government Civil Hospital, Patti District and heading the five member post mortem team formed on the instructions of the Punjab government.
He commented during a press conference here today, after conducting the second post mortem by the Indian team, on Sarabjit Singh- the Indian prisoner attacked in a Lahore jail, who succumbed to his grievous injuries yesterday.
"There were six to seven injuries on Sarabjit's head caused by heavy blunt objects, hit multiple times by more than one person in multiple attacks and it is being presumed by whatever viscera we could collect that the cause of death could be due to head injury.
"Yes the object of attack could be bricks!" the doctor admitted
"The injuries are 6-7 days old and the time of death 00.45 am May 2, 2013 is correct, but the one-page Death certificate sent by the Jinnah Hospital's medical board in Lahore, Pakistan is quiet insufficient."
And he added, "Sarabjit was a healthy, tall person and it was not possible that the attacker could have been only one"
Answering a query Dr Rai explained that in medical lingo, the organs of the deceased Sarabjit were considered 'not present' and were wrongly mentioned as 'missing'. "We have found clear cut incisions and roots of the organs of the heart, the stomach, gall bladder and both kidneys." This is a routine exercise in the first post mortem, that organs from the body are removed for forensic and other examinations.
Since the heart and other organs cannot be cut in parts the whole has to be sent for examinations, he explained.
The post mortem in India was done on other organs-spleen, brain, lungs and overall body. There is also suspicion that severe head injury may have been the cause of death and not a cardio pulmonary arrest as mentioned in the death certificate.
The doctor stated Other than the brutal head injury causing skull fractures Sarabjit's body bore wounds of fractured ribs including ribs number 3, 4, 5 with fractures in three on the left side and two on the right side, while the central bone to which the ribs are attached was also found fractured, as also the 'mandible' or the jaw bone.
There were dark bruises on the back of his shoulders, lips, left ear and left side of the head. Some stitched wounds were also found. In answer to whether the treatment to the deceased was proper the doctor said -"We are awaiting treatment records and want to see what medicines and other treatment was imparted to him".
India would await the report from Jinnah Hospital Lahore, Pakistan to conclusively arrive at the final answers for Sarabjit's custodial killing. The reports of the second post mortem would be sent to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).