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Delhi Starvation Deaths: Police Launches Operation To Search Missing Father As Inquiry Hints Poisoning

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| July 28 , 2018 , 16:21 IST

Delhi Police on Saturday started a search operation to trace the missing father of the three girls who died due to starvation in Delhi’s Mandawali area. The action was taken after a magisterial inquiry found some lapses in the preliminary inquiry.

The magisterial inquiry had alleged that the actual cause of death was an unknown medicine given to the deceased girls. The prime suspect Mangal Singh, is said to be an alcoholic who was jobless after his e-rickshaw was stolen from the neighbourhood.

According to the media, SDM Gupta said in his report, "On the night before the incident took place on  July 23, Mangal, the father of the children, had given all the three children some unknown medicine with hot water and the children died next morning"

The three sisters aged 2, 4 and 8 were discovered unconscious in their single room house in Mandawali area on Tuesday. They were taken to the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Hospital where they were declared brought dead.

Autopsy reports of the three girls concluded that the deaths were a clear case of starvation. Doctors at the hospital, who performed the autopsy, ruled out any other cause of their death, saying no traces of food were found in their stomachs. However, the magisterial probe discovered that the three girls were suffering from loose motions and vomiting which may have been due to some stomach infection.

Media reports further say that the probe has also discovered that the eldest of the three children, Mansi, appeared ill on Monday and vomited. It was also found that Rs 1, 805 was deposited in Mansi's bank account.

Based on SDM Gupta's report, results on viscera and post-mortem collected by the hospital had mentioned that the children had died of starvation is still awaited. The police have been asked to convince the mother of the children - who is mentally unstable - to depose before the investigators.

Gupta has "proper and deeper investigation" into the matter by Delhi Commissioner of Police, East, Pankaj Kumar Singh.

(With Inputs From IANS)